Trivia - Picture Bride (1994)
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Picture Bride (1994)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Taglines: Hawaii, 1918. She left Japan for a man she had never met, in a new world she couldn't imagine... America.

Director: Kayo Hatta

Writers: Kayo Hatta, Mari Hatta, Diane Mei Lin Mark

Stars: Yûki Kudô, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita, Akira Takayama, ...

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.
Toshiro Mifunes penultimate film role
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.
Originally scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1994 but was withdrawn at the filmmakers' request and instead premiered the following year.