Sophie and the Rising Sun

Synopsis: Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Maggie Greenwald
Production: Monterey Media
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


Come on now.

Wait till you see this.

Who is he?

Know who he is?

Don't know why he ended up here.

Got no wallet.

Not a penny in his pocket.

His bus was comin'

from New York City.

He mighta gotten on anywhere

between there and here.

Poor fella. These are worker's hands.

Could be a farmer.

Is that a Chinaman, Dr. Gilbert?

Sure is, Zack.

What's your name, boy?


Don't even talk English.

Apparently not.

Hitler now appears

in full garb...

Thank you, Matilda.

Of a European revolutionary.

We've collected a full barrel of

warm woolens to send to England.

That Samille, she knits as fast as a

fiend, Gil. I don't know how she does it.

Anne, I am trying

to talk to you.

What is it

you want from me, Gilbert?

The fella just needs a place to rest

till he gets his strength back.

Mm-hmm. And you thought

my cottage would suit.

Anne, you've not used

the cottage in years,

since Scott passed.

No. No need for quiet.

With Scott gone,

the whole house is quiet.

I can write my garden column

wherever I want to.

He'll be up and about in a week.

Maybe two.

And then we'll send him

on his way.

And I'll be keepin' an eye

on him too, Mrs. Morrison.


The poor man.




Is that your name?

Oh, Sophie.

What's wrong?

Oh! What a horrible day.

Did you forget we planned to go

to a picture show in Brunswick?

Yes, forgive me, not today.

I got a Chinaman in my cottage

and Matilda just quit.

Why on earth?

Never mind.

It's all just a nuisance.

Well, I saw that oriental man in town.

He was very dark. And dirty too.




Oh, Anne!

What on earth happened?

Oh, why you so sad today, honey?

Mama sent my friend away.

Let me get

that hair out of your face.

Oh, Sophie. Poverty's

no reason to demean yourself.

Good morning, sweet John.

Are you ready

for some breakfast?

Thank you, Kendall.

It's so good.

It's special.

Here we are, sweetheart.


Good morning, Ruth.

Mornin', darling.

Good morning, son.


Have a wonderful day.

Thank you, sweetheart. You too.

Have another bite. That's good.

Okay, one more.

Autumn is my favorite

season in the south.

It is the season of amaryllis and

our gardens are filled with them.

Red spider lilies,

Lycoris Radiata,

are most especially lovely

and abundant.

Yes? I really must put some

spider lilies in next spring.

Oh, when I divide mine this

year, you're welcome to some.

Why, thank you.

Anne, how is the Chinaman?

He seems to be coming along.

Well, as the missionary ladies society,

we feel some responsibility for him.

That's very kind,

but not necessary, Ruth.

W-well, you know, we've been

feedin' him a-all week,

so we'd like to see

how the patient's doin'.

Mr. Ohta really isn't well

enough for visitors, I'm afraid.

Is Ohta his name?

Yes, I believe it is.

It doesn't even sound

like a real name.

Well, I don't think that

he'd mind us just lookin' in.

We are the missionary

ladies society, Mr. oh-ay-ta.

It's Mr. Ohta, Ruth,

and he can hear you.

Well, I wanted to be sure that

he understands our language.

Oh, he understands.

He understands.

Well, we are deeply concerned

about your well-bein'.

Fattenin' up is all you need.

You'll be up and fit

for travel in no time.

Thank you.

Oh, he speaks English!

Okay. Thank you.

Bye-bye now. I'll bring some...

Feel better.

Well... good morning to you.


This isn't where

I intended to plant them,

but they look very nice.

I'm glad you approve.

I wouldn't want you to overexert yourself.

You have been very ill.

I am feeling much better.

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Maggie Greenwald

Maggie Greenwald (born June 23, 1955 in Queens, New York) is an American filmmaker.Most recognized as an independent writer and director, Greenwald’s most notable films include Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016), starring an ensemble cast that included Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, Lorraine Toussaint and Diane Ladd, Songcatcher (2000) starring Aidan Quinn and Janet McTeer and introducing Emmy Rossum, and The Ballad of Little Jo (1993), starring Suzy Amis and Ian McKellan. She also directed an adaptation of Jim Thompson's The Kill-Off featuring an ensemble cast that included Cathy Haase and the film debut of Jorja Fox. more…

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