#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s 1950 on San Pedro Island in the American Pacific Northwest. Commercial fisher Carl Heine Jr.’s dead body is pulled out of the water in a fishing net by his crew, he who died of head trauma. Kazuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. Carl and Kazuo were once friends, had known each other since childhood, but WWII has placed a strain on any sort of relationship between the ethic Japanese and Caucasian populations of the area, the Japanese population which was and is still substantial on the island. Carl had motive regarding a land dispute between the two families, land which Carl’s mother eventually sold from under the Miyamotos and which Carl had just repurchased. Evidence also points to Kazuo being on the water with Carl probably sometime during his last voyage, evidence which Kazuo knew would put him in a bad light, adding on top of being Japanese, and thus decided not to disclose to the investigating sheriff at the time he was questioned. Kazuo and his wife Hatsue’s fear come to realization in that there are racist overtones to the questioning by the prosecutor, Alvin Hooks, in playing to existing anti-Japanese sentiment. Among the many locals following the proceedings is Ishmael Chambers, the owner/editor of the local newspaper, he who took it over following the passing of his father, the previous owner Arthur Chambers. Arthur was one of the few Caucasians on the island who came to the defense of the local Japanese during their internment because of the war. Ishmael, a veteran who lost his left arm in battle, has more personal than professional interest in the case as he has been in love with Hatsue since they were in their youth. Hatsue broke off their clandestine romance to marry Kazuo, Ishmael not knowing out of pressure from her mother to marry within their own culture. It is his feelings for Hatsue that Ishmael has his own motives for wanting to find out the truth of what happened to Carl.
Plot: In the 1950s, a Japanese-American fisherman is suspected of killing his neighbour at sea—and race is a factor in the trial. So is reporter, Ishmael.
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Magnificent – the best of the year.
This film stands apart from the standard, sometimes clever, seldom memorable work that passes too often for Oscar fare nowadays. It is a film about life and death, love and betrayal, passion and pain, forgiveness and redemption. It is about the power of emotion to influence perception and memory. It is about justice and truth.
But that is not why you should see it; You should see it for the story. For this film is so finely crafted, and the story unfolds so naturally, that it is easy to appreciate for the simple compelling drama of the narrative. You care about the characters, you care about how the trial turns out, and you ache to know the truth.
The plot centers around a murder trial of a Japanese man charged in the death of a local fisherman, and on a white reporter covering the trial. It turns out the reporter had once been in love with a Japanese woman, now the accused man’s wife. This romance was shattered as World War II broke out, and the young woman and her family were rounded up with other Japanese Americans, and interred in camps.
The story that unfolds is part “Casablanca”, part “Amistad”, part “To Kill a Mockingbird”, yet wholly original and true to itself. It is at once a tender love story, a lesson in history, a murder mystery, and more.
The story of each of the main characters is told through flashbacks that reveal how each of them has suffered because of the war and how each has to overcome this suffering. Many of the most compelling images of the film occur in these flashbacks. Like real lasting memories, they are moments of deep emotional significance, and include many images which you will carry in your own mind long after you have left the theater.
If you look for them you may also find some symbolic or allegorical images in the film (the boat’s mast resembles a cross; the fish could also be seen as a Christian symbol of sacrifice), but these elements are not heavy handed or forced, they occur naturally as important elements of the story which is set in a small fishing village on the Northwestern coast of the US in the years surrounding World War II.
While I have seen many reviewers comment on how beautifully filmed and well acted this film is, I have seen a few who have somehow failed to appreciate the significance of the story. My only caution on this account is, take care that you are not so blinded by beauty, that you fail to notice love.
In short, I found this to be a brilliant, deep, uplifting engrossing, and highly satisfying film experience.
“Every once in a while, somewhere in the world, humanity goes on trial”.
I’m usually in general agreement with IMDb viewers on most films, but with this one I have a major disconnect. The picture has a 6.8 rating as I write this, a far cry from the 10 I would give it for masterful story telling and exceptional cinematography. You just never can tell.
I realize that the non-linear format can be a turn off for many viewers, but unlike other movies I’ve seen utilizing the frequent use of flashbacks, I didn’t find the technique to be distracting here. It was fully essential to develop the back story of Ishmael’s (Ethan Hawke) unrequited love for Hatsue (Yuki Kudo), and the circumstances leading to the trial of Hatsue’s husband for murder. Particularly relevant were the scenes pertinent to the Miyamoto family acquiring the berry farm and how they were basically swindled by Etta Heine (Celia Weston) and the legal system following the death of Mrs. Heine’s husband. The roundup of Japanese families and their internment in prison camps following the outbreak of World War II was particularly painful to watch recreated on screen, alluding to an unfortunate era in the history of the country.
However the most agonizing theme that pervades the story is Ishmael’s inability to come to terms with the loss of Hatsue. It invades every aspect of his thoughts and his very existence. Eventually this personal torment is eclipsed by the necessity to do the right thing for a fellow human being.
With a finale reminiscent of the closing scene in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the Miyamoto family stands in unison to proclaim their admiration for Ishmael after he does the right thing by bringing new evidence to the judge presiding over the trial. Just prior to that, Defense Attorney Gudmundsson (Max von Sydow) delivered a stunning summation to jolt Ishmael into recognition of what he must do for the sake of justice and equality. Later, in a quiet moment with Ishmael, the wizened attorney makes a poignant observation that’s brilliantly insightful into the human condition – “Accident rules every corner of the universe, except maybe… the chambers of the human heart.”
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 7 min (127 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Director Scott Hicks
Writer David Guterson (novel), Ronald Bass (screenplay), Scott Hicks (screenplay)
Actors Ethan Hawke, Yûki Kudô, Reeve Carney, Anne Suzuki
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures, Kennedy/Marshall
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision E-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Alpha Cine Service, Vancouver, Canada (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (also horizontal) (Eastman EXR 100T 5248, Kodak Vision 500T 5279, EXR 200T 5293)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic), VistaVision (visual effects)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)