PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A Japanese-American fisherman is accused of killing his neighbor at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.
The narrowness and prejudice of the story's general populace is honed to crystalline perfection in the character of Etta Heine portrayed by actress Celia Weston. "The character leapt out at me when I read the book," she said. "I tracked its film prospects and when I learned that Scott Hicks would direct it, I called my agent, and told him I wanted to be seen." The part was hers because, said Hicks, "she wasn't just Etta the villain, but Etta the grieving mother who'd lost her son."
Young Hatsue Imada:
Don't be sorry. I'm not.
The movie is set in the Pacific Northwest. Twice, shots are shown of the Portland (Maine) Head Light which is on the Atlantic coast.
Jan Rubes and Sheila Moore are on the credits despite their scenes being deleted.
English, Japanese, German
$32,135 (USA) (26 December 1999)
$14,378,353 (USA) (12 March 2000)