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Pacific Overtures (1976)

TV Movie  |   |  Musical  |  1976 (Japan)
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Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Reciter / Shogun / Jonathan Goble
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Tamate / Samurai / Storyteller / Swordsman
Yuki Shimoda ...
Abe - First Councillor
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Manjiro
Isao Sato ...
Kayama
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Shogun's Mother / Observer / Merchant / American Admiral
Ernest Harada ...
Physician / Madam / British Admiral
James Dybas ...
Second Councillor / Old Man / French Admiral
Mark Syers ...
Samurai / Thief / Soothsayer / Warrior / Russian Admiral / British Sailor (as Mark Hsu Syers)
Patrick Kinser-Lau ...
Shogun's Companion / Dutch Admiral / British Sailor / Girl
Ernest Abuba ...
Samurai / Adams / Noble
Timm Fujii ...
Son / Priest / Girl / Noble / British Sailor
Haruki Fujimoto ...
Servant / Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry
Larry Hama ...
Williams / Lord of the South
Jae Woo Lee ...
Fisherman / Sumo Wrestler / Lord of the South
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Set in 1853 Japan, Pacific Overtures follows the Westernization of Japan, mainly through the story of Kayama, a samurai, and Manjiro, a fisherman. The lives of both men are radically changed by the coming of American ships to Japan.

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This is the original Broadway production, which was videotaped for Japanese public television, and broadcast with subtitles. See more »

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British Admiral: Please, hello I come with letters from her Majesty Victoria, who learning how you're trading now sang Hallelujah Gloria, and sent me to convey to you her positive euphoria, as well as little gifts from Britain's various emporia.
Reciter: The man has come with letters from her Majesty Victoria, as well as little gifts from Britain's various emporia.
Abe - First Councillor: Tea?
British Admiral: For drink.
Abe - First Councillor: I see. I thank you...
British Admiral: I think, her letters do contain a few proposals to your emperor, which if of course he won't endorse will put her in a ...
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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Mako and chorus
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I loved this show, saw it 6 times...
30 March 2014 | by (Thousand Oaks Ca.) – See all my reviews

I loved this show, Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince put there hearts into this wonderful production which I saw 4 times at the Kennedy Center in Dec. of 75' and once at the Winter Garden in NY in 76' and then the revival at the Round About Theater in 2005. I have seen most of Sondheim's shows and loved them all but especially this one, Pacific Overtures was under appreciated at the time but still lives in my memory as a great theater experience, the cast of all male all Asian actors were some of the best performers of that time and I especially like Mako who always was at his best in each performance I went to...

I would really like to get a copy of the Pacific Overtures TV Movie made in Japan in 1976, any one know how to get a copy of it?


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