Japanese War Bride

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Japanese War Bride
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Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Joseph Bernhard
Anson Bond
Written by Anson Bond (story)
Catherine Turney (screenplay)
Starring Shirley Yamaguchi
Don Taylor
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by Terry O. Morse
Distributed by 20th Century-Fox
Release date(s)
  • January 1952 (1952-01)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Japanese War Bride (also known as East is East) is a 1952 motion picture drama directed by King Vidor. The film marked the American debut of Shirley Yamaguchi in the title role.

Synopsis[edit]

The film tells the story of a wounded Korean War veteran, Jim Sterling (Don Taylor), who returns to his California home with his Japanese wife. The couple had met and fallen in love in a Japanese hospital where Tae Shimizu (Shirley Yamaguchi) was working as a nurse. Back in America, the two face racism and bigotry from their neighbours and family, particularly their sister-in-law, Fran (Marie Windsor).

Impact and legacy[edit]

The widespread publicity surrounding the film's launch made Japanese wives increasingly visible in the United States. Alongside the more successful film Sayonara, Japanese War Bride was argued by some scholars to have increased racial tolerance in the United States by openly discussing interracial marriages.[1]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Sarah Kovner (2012). Occupying Power: Sex Workers and Servicemen in Postwar Japan. Stanford University Press. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0-8047-8346-0. 
  • "Story of a Japanese War Bride", The New York Times, January 30, 1952.