Movie Review

Sophie and the Rising Sun

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This movie is rated R, run time is 1h 56min and it is classified as a drama.

This story is set in autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, South Carolina. The film is about interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. The drama unfolds as World War II rages in Europe and a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta appears mysteriously in the town. Sophia who is a native to Salty Creek becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship is born which then blossoms into a delicate but forbidden courtship. As the war escalates, their secret relationship evolves but when Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through this town, thus threatening Mr. Ohta’s life.

Now Sophia, her housekeeper and town matriarch rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale to name a few.

Final Thoughts

This movie represents the bigotry that was rampid within the USA when Pearl Harbor was attacked. It is well worth seeing.

Overall Score 3.6
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