The Best Bad Thing

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The Best Bad Thing
Best Bad Thing jacket.png
Directed by Peter Rowe
Written by David Preston
Music by Jimmy Tanaka
Distributed by CiNAR
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Country Canada
Language English

The Best Bad Thing was originally a book authored by Yoshiko Uchida. A screenplay was developed and a film released in 1997. The story is set on the U.S. west coast during 1935 when the U.S. economy was still recovering from the effects of the Great Depression. It opens in a city, then moves to a rural Cucumber farm, where the majority of the action takes place. The farm is described as along California's central coast.

Beginning of plot[edit]

Most U.S. schools close during the summer, a throw-back to the days when children were needed to help with the annual harvest of crops. The story centers on the life of a twelve-year-old female character named Rinko Tsujimura who is sent from her parents' home, (in an unnamed California city,) for a character-building stay on an aunt's rural farm. Rinko, who is out of school for the summer, is sent to the farm for a month. She wants to stay in her home town with her school friend.


The book was first published in 1983 with a second publication by Aladdin Books of New York during 1986, ( ISBN 0-689-71069-0 ).

Feature film (1997)[edit]

The 89-minute feature film is billed as a Cinar production in association with the Japanese television network NHK and Pittsburgh Public Television station WQED.

Dialog is English with about 30 seconds of the film in spoken Japanese. There are no subtitles but the context is sufficient for those who do not speak Japanese to understand and follow the plot. The film was shot in Quebec, Canada. People involved in the production include:

'Executive Producers:' Madeline A. Charest, Ronald A. Weinberg, Donna Mitroff, Yoshiki Nishimura. 'Directed by:' Peter Rowe 'Producer:' Patricia Laroie



  • United States Library of Congress catalog.
  • Cinar Production VHS jacket and film credits.

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