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.
Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine... America.
Did You Know?
When the character played by Toshiro Mifune sees two children playing with stick swords, he calls them out by their names "Toshiro" and "Akira", a reference to himself and director Akira Kurosawa, who directed Mifune in 16 films. See more
The first time I get off the boat, I see Kanzaki. I think, "Ooh! He's so handsome. How I get this kind handsome man? More better than picture!" All the other brides look at us, tell me "Lucky!" He act so nice, so kind. I think I'm in paradise.
Why Kanzak-san change?
I don't know. But my, he get mean.