Sophie and the Rising Sun (film)

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Sophie and the Rising Sun
Directed byMaggie Greenwald
Screenplay byMaggie Greenwald
Based onSophie and the Rising Sun
by Augusta Trobaugh
Produced byNancy Dickenson
Lorraine Gallard
Brenda Goodman
Maggie Greenwald
StarringJulianne Nicholson
Takashi Yamaguchi
Margo Martindale
Diane Ladd
Lorraine Toussaint
Karen Wheeling Reynolds
CinematographyWolfgang Held
Edited byKeith Reamer
Music byDavid Mansfield[1]
Sophie Film
Distributed byMonterey Media
Release dates
Running time
116 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,763[2]

Sophie and the Rising Sun is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Maggie Greenwald. It is based on the 2001 novel Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh. The film stars Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale, Diane Ladd, Lorraine Toussaint and Karen Wheeling Reynolds. It was released in theaters on January 25, 2017 by Monterey Media.[3][4][5]


Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a willowy fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the compelling story of two interracial lovers, Sophie, an artist who also fishes and sells crabs to the townsfolk, the other an Asian gentleman, swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe, Mr. Ohta appears in the town badly beaten and under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. And when Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.


  • Julianne Nicholson as Sophie Willis
  • Takashi Yamaguchi as Grover Ohta
  • Margo Martindale as Anne Morrison
  • Diane Ladd as Ruth Jeffers
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Salome Whitmore
  • Karen Wheeling Reynolds as Isabel
  • Mickey Dodge as Samille
  • Don Henderson Baker as Dr. Gilbert
  • Joel Murray as Sheriff Cooper
  • David Dickson Reynolds as Reverend Jeffers
  • Kenneth Charles Graham as Harold Jackson
  • Sabrina Mayfield as Matilda
  • Jan Hartsell as Minna
  • Cali Ward as Young Sophie
  • Ebony McCormick as Young Salome
  • Meredith Jackson as Young Ruth
  • Antonio Roberts as Zachary
  • Colie McClellan as Young Anne
  • Ben VanderMey as Soldier
  • Harrison Shaw as Young Johnny


The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 22, 2016.[1][6] The film was released on January 25, 2017.[7]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 64% based on 11 reviews and an average rating of 4.5/10. As of September, 2019, There is no critical consensus yet.[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 55 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".


  1. ^ a b c Guy Lodge (2016-01-22). "'Sophie and the Rising Sun' Review: A Sensitive Interracial Romance". Variety. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  2. ^ "Sophie and the Rising Sun". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  3. ^ "Monterey Media Nabs Sundance Pic 'Sophie And The Rising Sun'". October 24, 2016. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Review: Strong performances highlight timely period drama 'Sophie and the Rising Sun'". Los Angeles Times. 26 January 2017.
  5. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (3 February 2017). "Review: 'Sophie and the Rising Sun' Has Forbidden Love in a Foreboding Time". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "'Sophie and the Rising Sun': Sundance Review". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-01-30. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  7. ^ "Sophie and the Rising Sun". Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 23, 2019.

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