Japanese War Bride (1952) AKA East is East


Korean War veteran returns home to rural Salinas, California with his new Japanese wife, whom he met at a war hospital. The couple are forced to deal with the sometimes subtle, sometimes overt racism of his family and the townspeople, especially after the birth of their son.

Director: King Vidor. AKA East is East
Stars: Shirley Yamaguchi, Don Taylor, Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor, James Bell, Louise Lorimer, Philip Ahn, Sybil Merritt, Lane Nakano, Kathleen Mulqueen, Orley Lindgren, George Wallace, May Takasugi, William Yokota, Shizue Matsumoto.


Note: Many thanks to “Fernando Hierro” over at okru for sending me this good copy (no hardcoded subs) of this hard to find film.

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  1. Steven Burstein
    December 24, 2020

    Yoshiko/Shirley Yamaguchi made a career in Wartime Japanese films playing a Chinese Girl in films made to encourage Chinese to submit to the Japanese occupiers, because she’d grown up in China and spoke Chinese.

  2. Derek Weygandt
    September 22, 2022

    I caught the last 20 mins of this movie in the 1980s when I was channel surfing and have tried to find it again as I wanted to see the whole thing. Since then I lived in Japan over 8 years, so it is even more significant to me now. I’m so thrilled that the creators of this website have made this film available.

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