Sophie and the Rising Sun

In a small Southern town in the autumn of 1941, Sophie’s lonely life is transformed when an Asian man arrives under mysterious circumstances. Their love affair becomes the lightning rod for long-buried conflicts that erupt in bigotry and violence with the outbreak of World War ll.


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  • ★★★½ review by MaryAnn on Letterboxd

    Beautiful cinematography and lovely story, but I could have used more development of the love story.

  • ★★★★ review by alexandra on Letterboxd

    it's sweet and is very beautifully shot, i liked it but i felt like it could have been more.

  • ★★★★ review by J. on Letterboxd

    What a beautiful movie - the performances are so nuanced and subtle and the plot shows that it is indeed possible to make a film set in the 1940s that's feminist and intersectional, with a focus on mix-raced romance and friendship.

  • ★★★½ review by Maddie on Letterboxd

    The cinematography alone deserves nearly 5 stars. The acting was not as strong as you would hope. I wish this would have gone further in the realm of life for the American-Japanese people. The film is still quietly beautiful and moving.

    We need more of Julianne Nicholson in film.

  • ★★★★½ review by Mirthbound on Letterboxd

    Scorpina + Goldar > Rita + Zedd

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