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Picture Bride (1995)

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 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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Jun 1, 2004


Toshiro Mifune
as The Benshi
Yko Sugi
as Aunt Sode
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Critic Reviews for Picture Bride

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 28, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Picture Bride

The last time I saw this movie was a couple of months back, and the first was in high school. This is a tremendous movie! It details a life of a young Japanese woman who becomes a "picture bride" to a sugar-cane field worker in Hawaii. The movie details their arrangement, marriage, and life together. Tamlyn Tomita stars in this movie, and incredibly shines!

Great movie!

Leo L

Super Reviewer


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.


Great movie about a young, fanciful, and stubborn Japanese woman. Deals with an arranged marriage situation most people have never really heard about. I could definitely relate to the main character and was so upset when her best friend died. I think Tomita did great as Riyo's best friend. I could understand how she felt about her harsh reality, but I felt bad for her husband. I'm glad she came around eventually and realized to make the best of it and it was a sweet ending. I felt like the whole movie should have had subtitles because their accents made it difficult to understand. Nice acting and directing, soundtrack is very soothing.

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