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Picture Bride Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The struggles of a young Japanese who leaves her home to marry an stranger are chronicled in this historical drama based on true stories. Picture brides were Japanese women contracted to marry Japanese sugar-cane laborers working in Hawaii. The couple would agree to marry based on the photos they sent to one another. Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii to marry Matsuji. She is appalled to see that Matsuji sent her an old photograph and that he is 25 years older than she. Angered, the spunky bride refuses to sleep with her new husband. She is however obligated to work on the plantation. The miserable girl finds solace with her new friend Kana, a young mother. Riyo decides she will earn her way back to Japan even though, at only sixty five cents per day, it could take years to save the $300 for the return fare. She meets more obstacles and continues to stay away from her husband until a tragedy befalls Kana. This serves to bring the two together and leads Riyo to accept her new life. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:April 28, 1994

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Lisa Onodera Producers Award 1997 Nominee

Crew

Lisa Onodera
Producer
Mari Hatta
Screen Story
Mari Hatta
Screenwriter
Claudio Rocha
Cinematographer
Cliff Eidelman
Composer (Music Score)
Lynzee Klingman
Editor
Mallory Gottlieb
Editor
Paul Guncheon
Production Designer
Ada Akaji
Costume Designer
Paul Mayersohn
Co-Executive Producer
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