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Picture Bride (1994)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 5 May 1995 (USA)
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 »

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Riyo
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Kanzaki
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Kana
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Matsuji
Yôko Sugi ...
Aunt Sode
Christianne Mays ...
Miss Pieper
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The Benshi
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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
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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>

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

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »
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$1,238,905 (USA)
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Originally scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1994 but was withdrawn at the filmmakers' request and instead premiered the following year. See more »

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Riyo: [after receiving her work payment] This can't be right! There should be more. I worked so hard...
Matsuji: Let's see.
[shuffles through Riyo's money]
Matsuji: No, it's all there. 65 cents a day minus things you buy at the plantation store. That comes to eleven dollars for the month. See, going back to Japan isn't as easy as you thought.
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A Piece of History
13 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

What really stands out about this film is the look on the new bride's face. I understand her shock of meeting her husband and finding him to be old, but she maintains this look of shock and despair for quite a while. I would expect a marriage like this to be something you accept if you are going to go into it, but she had clearly not thought it through.

Also, historically, it is interesting to consider the role the Japanese had in Hawaii. Americans who may not know about Hawaiian history or culture might only connect Japan to the Pearl Harbor attack, but it happens to be the case that a great many Japanese had settled on the islands. At the time Hawaii became a state (1959), there may have been more Japanese than Europeans there.


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