“Mr. Sakamoto's gift is absolute command of language…lines have the power of poetry… passionate characters… share a wisdom that ought to be common but mostly eludes us because none of us can talk about it so well.”-The New York Times

It’s 1913, Hawaii and two immigrant fishermen, Nishi and Aoki, are lonely and bored with only catching fish. Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend in his place. The brides arrive and fall in love — with the wrong man — setting off  a comedy of errors with mistaken identity, tragic drowning, seeming betrayal and a final surprise turn of events, colorfully visualized with mime and movement. Like Horton Foote whose family dramas define Texas country life, octogenarian Sakamoto, specializes in the rich fabric of Hawaiian myth and language in exploration of migration and family dynamics.


By Edward Sakamoto

Directed by Ron Nakahara