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NEW Bridge To The Sun (1961) (DVD)

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2.0 out of 5 stars See it for James Shigeta July 23 2012
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The story opens in 1935, as an unsophisticated Southern gal(Caroll Baker) meets a suave Japanese diplomat (James Shigeta) at a Washington party. They fall in love and spend the war years in Japan, where he works for peace as she adjusts to a new culture.

This movie is based on a wonderful, sensitive memoir and could have been great but, for me, the miscasting of Carroll Baker almost ruins it. She's gauche and unlikable with a shrill, twangy voice and limited acting range. James Shigeta, on the other hand, is perfect as the handsome and charming diplomat and gives an excellent performance.

The movie feels rushed and shallow, never taking the time to explore the couple's feelings in depth. I recommend the book by Gwen Terasaki instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving love story set in war-torn WW2 Japan March 1 2013
By Jancal - Published on Amazon.com
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This autobiographical story of American Gwen Harold's marriage to diplomat Terry Terasaki is a very realistic look at the cultural clash between Japan and the United States before and during World War 2. In the midst of racial prejudice and differing beliefs & practices, is a beautifully sincere love story between two people of vastly different backgrounds and ethnicity, told with honesty and integrity. Carroll Baker is very emotional as the conflicted Gwen struggling to accept Japanese customs as an unwelcome American wife. James Shigeta, always marvelous, gives a wonderful performance in stilted English (for this part only, as he is an American) as the proud diplomat Terry, a Japanese national, who loves his wife and child so deeply yet cannot let go of his inherent restraint even at the end when he needs Gwen the most. Filmed in black and white which makes the war scenes and 1940s era very believable, this is a very good film told from the unique perspective of an American bride surviving the war inside Japan.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABOVE-AVERAGE, WELL-ACTED DRAMA Oct. 9 2012
By Dennis Renfro - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this long-sought video through Amazon. The quality of the production is generally good. It has been many years since I had seen the film on TV (it is rarely shown today). It is a worthy re-telling of real-life human experiences during a tumultuous period of human history. Those who have read the true story, the autobiography of the primary protagonist, will have to forgive certain Hollywood "fictionalization". However, the film is as good, or better, than I remember it to be. And the dvd is a welcome addition to my collection. The image is crisp, detailed black and white cinematography. The sound is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge to the Sun Jan. 30 2013
By AD - Published on Amazon.com
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I recall seeing this film when I was a teenager, and enjoyed it just as much when I revisited it just recently.
The story is lovely but tragic, and I always enjoy a love story especially one based on a true life situation.
So enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!! Jan. 29 2013
By Marion Konvalina - Published on Amazon.com
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I truly enjoyed this movie and the book as well. Too often when a movie is made from a book a lot is lost in transmitting it to a screen play, but this movie did follow the book, I will recommend it to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A look from the other side April 22 2013
By Michael R. Broschat - Published on Amazon.com
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I've known of this film for a while but it has not been available. It tells the story of a white woman who marries a Japanese diplomat before WWII, and then chooses to be deported to Japan with him when diplomats are sent away soon after the war begins. She thus spends those years in Japan.
The victor always gets to write the histories (wouldn't it be interesting to read modern German and Japanese histories of that war?), so we've seen this from the American perspective often enough. This is another view.
I suppose that a similar perspective can be seen in the wonderful film "Come See the Paradise," which shows a great deal of life in the US camps where racially Japanese people were kept during WWII, and where many of those interned were American citizens.
Anyway, this is a fine film that helps balance our viewpoint of the tragedies of war. It won't stop another war but it might make us pause a bit when we take our own side.
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