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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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
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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 »

Quotes

Madam: I own a small commercial venture, with a modest clientele - In Kanagawa.
Girls: I think I see one over there behind the trees...
Madam: Shh! It's been my family's for centuries, and doing very well. For Kanagawa.
Girls: I hear they're covered all with hair like some disease...
Madam: Shh!
Girls: Except their knees.
Madam: Sh! The arrival of these giants, out of the blue, bringing panic to my clients, alters my view. With so many of them fleeing, conferring, decreeing, I find myself agreeing with the ancient haiku...
Reciter: The nest building ...
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Referenced in Anatomy of a Song (1976) See more »

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Music by Stephen Sondheim
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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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