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1962

Sanga-ari

Mother Country

山河あり

Release Date
April, 29th, 1962
Running Time
126 min
Genre
Feature
Color
-
Screening Format
-

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

SHOCHIKU

[ Story ]

After immigrating to Hawaii, the first generation Japanese settlers have a difficult time, but through hard work gradually improve their position.
Among the immigrants are the Inoues and the Godas. The Inoues have two sons, Haruo and Akira, and the Godas are the parents of a boy, Ichiro, and a girl, Sakura.
The years bring happiness but the conflict of views between the older and second generations deepens. After a violent clash with his son Haruo, Inoue suffers a heart attack and dies.
Kishino Inoue sails from Honolulu for Japan with her second son Akira and her husband's ashes.
War clouds gather over the Pacific and in the attack on Pearl Harbor a stray bullet kills Mrs. Goda.
In Japan, Kishino and Akira are mistreated by their relatives and the gendarmerie arrest Akira.
In Hawaii, the Nisei volunteer to fight for the United States, Ichiro defies his father and joins up, and so does Haruo, leaving behind Sakura with whom he is in love.
Akira dies of illness shortly before the war ends, and when Ichiro Goda arrives in Japan with the Occupation Forces, Kishino learns from him of the death of her son Haruo in battle.

【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1962 5.3】

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