Based on a true story, this compelling drama relates the difficulties of a young woman married to a Japanese diplomat during World War II, victim of suspicion and animosity from her husband's government.
In 1935, nineteen year old Gwen Harold of Johnson City, Tennessee, is visiting her Aunt Peg and her casual beau Fred Tyson, a low level bureaucrat, in Washington DC. Fred is able to get them an invitation to the Japanese Embassy's annual reception. At that gathering, they meet among others Hidenari Terasaki - called Terry for ease by Americans - the Under Secretary to the Japanese Ambassador. Terry and Gwen start to date, fall in love and decide that they want to get married. The entire process leading to this point has not been easy for either as she has largely hidden their relationship from her family due to the racial divide, and as his diplomatic post makes marrying anyone not Japanese difficult in what are increasingly tense geopolitical times globally. They are able to get married, which only increases the difficulties in their life, especially as Gwen is ill-prepared to accept the patriarchal customs of Japanese society, Terry who is expecting her to be a typical Japanese wife...Written by
When Hidenari takes Gwen to Japan for the first time, the car transporting them from their ship is a left-hand drive car. The Japanese, like those in the United Kingdom, drive on the left in right-hand-drive vehicles. See more »
Although the story is set in the 1930's and 1940's, the characters' clothing and hairstyles are those of the late 1950's/early 1960's. See more »
Well, go on say it: I was a shameless hussy and I disgraced your household. Well I am not going to crawl on my knees to you just because I made a little social error.
Social error? Forgetting your place as wife of my household? Insulting a guest?
Who insulted whom, I'd like to know. What are you getting so worked up for anyhow? You didn't agree with him either.
That is my privilege as a man, not yours. You were rude and humiliating. Acting thus may be permissible in the State of Tennessee...
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[prologue] This film is based on actual events in the life of Gwen Terasaki, as told in her autobiography. See more »
Surprisingly interesting drama for the inconsistent talents of Carroll Baker
Actress Carroll Baker never really carved out a niche for herself in Hollywood; a devout Method player, the roles she chose didn't always showcase a woman with any particular range. She's quite good here however, playing real-life American Gwen Terasaki who, while visiting Washington, D.C. from Tennessee, met and fell in love with a Japanese politician. Before you can say 'Sayonara!', Gwen is married and living in Japan, where the customs are confusing and the second World War looms ahead. Opens with a sweet, believable romance, becomes compelling drama of emotional choices. James Shigeta is terrific as Gwen's husband and the production is handsome. *** from ****
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