MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 587 this week

Picture Bride (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  5 May 1995 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 856 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 10 critic

The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Hoping to escape a troubled past ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 9974 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 52 titles
created 02 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 36 titles
created 29 Mar 2014
 
a list of 33 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Picture Bride" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Picture Bride (1994)

Picture Bride (1994) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Picture Bride.

User Polls

2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Based on a centuries-old traditional Japanese fairy tale, a country couple finds a baby girl in some bamboo and raises her as their own daughter. Not the same as the original tale, though, ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Ayako Wakao, Yasuko Sawaguchi
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

Director: Tsugunobu Kotani
Stars: Richard Boone, Toshirô Mifune, Mike Starr
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An American links her mothers death in Bankok to a plot involving Vietnamese refugees.

Director: James Becket
Stars: Janis Paige, Ken Wisan, Joke Tachalom
The Challenge (1982)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Four "Picture Brides", from New Orleans, arrive in the Brazilian jungle on a riverboat, brought there to marry workers at Lottagrasso, a remote mining site of the Standard Diamond ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen
Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Regis Toomey, Dorothy Libaire
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of ... See full summary »

Director: Seiichirô Uchikawa
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Eiji Okada
Madadayo (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Tatsuo Matsumura, Kyôko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Years after the death of legendary tea master Rikyu, his disciple Honkakubo attempts to resolve the mystery of the master's death. Years before: Sen Rikyu is a ceremonial tea master who ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Kumai
Stars: Eiji Okuda, Toshirô Mifune, Kinnosuke Nakamura
Drama | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Following the opening of a Japanese auto factory in Sicily, the head of the company is kidnapped by Sicilian mobsters. In hopes of avoiding paying either ransom or life insurance, the head ... See full summary »

Director: Tonino Valerii
Stars: Kôji Kikkawa, Andy J. Forest, Marina Suma
CF gâru (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Izô Hashimoto
Stars: Masanori Sera, Kumi Nakamura, Ginji Gao
500,000 (1963)
Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Second World War, Takeichi Matsuo had participated in hiding a huge cache of gold in the Phillippine mountains. Years after the war, he is kidnapped by Mitsura and Keigo Gunji, ... See full summary »

Director: Toshirô Mifune
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Mihashi, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Riyo
...
Kanzaki
...
Kana
...
Matsuji
Yôko Sugi ...
Aunt Sode
Christianne Mays ...
Miss Pieper
...
The Benshi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Ashby ...
McCullum
James Grant Benton ...
Antone
Glenn Cannon ...
Mer. Pieper
Lito Capiña ...
Augusto
Peter Clark ...
Christian minister
Warren Fabro ...
Felipe
Michael Hasegawa ...
Immigration officer
Kyle Kakuno ...
Yamamoto
Edit

Storyline

The story of 16-year-old Riyo who journeys to Hawaii in 1918 to marry a man she has never met, except through photographs and letters they have exchanged. Hoping to escape a troubled past and to start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age and Hawaii is not the paradise she expected. As Riyo comes to terms with her new home, she discovers a land full of hardship, struggle--and unexpected joy. Written by <raq@netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine... America.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

5 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Prometida  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$1,238,905 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Toshiro Mifunes penultimate film role See more »

Quotes

Miss Pieper: [suspecting that something is wrong with Kana] Kana, how is everything with your husband?
Kana: [quietly] Good day, Miss Pieper.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gotten better with age
26 June 2007 | by (Big Island, Hawai'i) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it premiered and just re-watched it on IFC again. This is a great telling of the many possible stories about the immigrant farmworker population that came to Hawai'i to work the sugar plantations in the early 1900's. My grandparents were part of that migration; my parents were born on a Kohala plantation (Big Island) at the time setting of the movie. I moved to the Big Island over a year ago after living in California for over 30 years. I was surprised to see that many of the former cane growing lands are still undeveloped, with wild cane still growing, years after the plantations closed. I've heard many stories from my aunts and uncles who were kids growing up on the plantation. This movie helps to image those kinds of stories and memories. This story is more of an historical document than a romantic plot-driven movie. It leaves me shaking my head to read a review like ccthemovieman's. Some people just don't get it.

I didn't recall that Youki Kudoh had the starring role, with which she did an incredible job. I recall her great performances in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" and in an Australian film, co- starring with Russell Crowe, "Heaven's Burning". Tamlyn Tomita did a great job with her pidgin English, especially for someone who didn't grow up in the Islands. I had forgotten that Toshiro Mifune had a cameo role as the moving picture show narrator. And I missed the fact that Jason Scott Lee had an uncredited, non-speaking part as one of the plantation workers during the payday scene.

I was saddened to find out that the director and co-writer, Kayo Hatta, died in an accidental drowning in 2005.

There are two other excellent foreign films that mirror this cane plantation experience: "Gaijin" about the immigrant cane workers in Brazil (many of them Japanese) in the same time period; and "Sugar Cane Alley" about the cane plantation experience in Africa. The latter is still available, but "Gaijin", sadly, doesn't appear to have been shown in quite a while. Another great film about the early Asian in America experience when immigrants were more like slaves is "A Thousand Pieces of Gold". This was set over the Chinese workers' involvement in the building of the railroad, starred Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper, Michael Paul Chan, and Dennis Dun.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Riyo's Friend schwenko
Picture Bride DVD mrhan1
Discuss Picture Bride (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?