Bridge to the Sun

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Bridge to the Sun
Bridge to the Sun FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Etienne Périer
Produced by Jacques Bar
Written by Gwendolen Terasaki
Charles Kaufman
Starring Carroll Baker
James Shigeta
Tetsurō Tamba
Music by Georges Auric
Release date(s) 1961
Running time 113 min.
Country France / U.S.A.
Language English

Bridge to the Sun is a 1961 film, directed by Etienne Périer, starring Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi and Tetzuro Tamba. It is based on the 1957 autobiography Bridge To The Sun by Gwen Terasaki, which detailed events in Gwen's life and marriage.[1]

The memoir narrates the life of Gwen Harold (an American from Tennessee), who in 1931 married Hidenari "Terry" Terasaki, a Japanese diplomat. He was First Secretary at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. in 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed, was one of the staff who helped translate the Japanese declaration of war and delivered it (late) to the U.S. government and (Mrs. Terasaki wrote in her memoirs) earlier sent secret messages to Japanese pacifists seeking to avert war. The couple and their daughter Mariko were like all Axis diplomats interned in 1942 and repatriated via neutral Angola later that year. Terasaki held various posts in the Japanese Foreign Affairs department up to 1945 when he became an advisor to the Emperor, and was the official liaison between the Palace and General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Allied Commander.

Mariko and her mother left Japan in 1949 so Mariko could attend college in Tennessee. Terry died in 1951 in Japan; he was 50 years old.


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