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
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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Originally scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1994 but was withdrawn at the filmmakers' request and instead premiered the following year.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
[after receiving her work payment
This can't be right! There should be more. I worked so hard...
[shuffles through Riyo's money
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.