Picture Bride
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is poorly directed, but it deals with a rare issue, picture brides circa 1918, and is made by an insider, an Asian-American, which is a plus."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The characters are disarming and the film itself is quite engrossing."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Has a nifty swan song by the great Toshiro Mifune, but the rest of the film is pretty, underwritten snooze."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Sturdy story about the resilience of immigrants."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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