| Juxta Credit
Writer/Producer/Director$B!'(J Hiroko Yamazaki
Camera$B!'(JIverson White, Claude Budin
Cast$B!'(JMargot Tempereau, Diana Tanaka
Lillian Gish Award, 1989 Los Angeles Women in Film Festival
Distributed by Women Make Movies (NYC). www.wmm.com
JUXTA - transcript
29min/black & white
Writer/Producer/Director: Hiroko Yamazaki
A Film by Hiroko Yamazaki
EXT. HARBOR/DOCK DAY
KATE$B!G(JS FAMILY and TED$B!G(JS FAMILY walk away from a ship and take photos.
Since 1945, quite a few Asian women
have come to the United States through
marriage with American military service
men. They were brought by the wars in
Asia - World War $B-6(J, Korean War, and
the Vietnam War. My mother was one of
these women. In early spring of 1958,
we arrived at Long Beach, California.
It was the happiest time for us. I was
almost five years old. My mother and
Ted mother were the same age, they
depended on each other.
With Margot Tempereau
It was during the Korean War that my
parents met in Japan. My father was
stationed at Yokohama, and my mother
was working as a typist at the base.
My father was proud of my mother. It
was such a nice day in spring. It was
such a great feeling to be away from
Japan. Ted was seven years old, he
was like my brother. When we finally
landed, Ted told me that there would
be nothing to be afraid of in the sates,
and that we could have as many friends
as we wanted.
Original Music by Daniel Sofer
I promised him that I would never
cry in America. We were proud of
MAIN TITLE: $B!H(JJUXTA$B!I(J
EXT. IN A CAR DAY
KATE (31 years old) is driving.
I had a mother when I arrived, but she
left for Japan and disappeared, never
Written, Produced and Directed by Hiroko Yamazaki
Singing Japanese song.
After twenty-six years, finally I heard
about my mother. She died in Japan, that$B!G(Js
what the letter said.
INT. TED$B!G(JHOUSE DAY
TED (33 years old) walks to the door.
Good to see you.
Good to see you, too. Come in.
Want some coffee ?
Sure$B!D(J (to Cory) How$B!G(Js school ?
It$B!G(Js all right.
Is that all ?
Well it could be better though.
Sometimes he talks like an adult.
Guess he$B!G(Js taking care of me.
Have you heard from Nancy ?
Long time ago. She sounded fine.
Ted, can I use the telephone ?
Hello, Mrs. Baker. Hi, this is
Kate Hamilton. Yes, I was just
calling to confirm our appointment
at one o$B!G(Jclock today$B!D!D(JRight, OK$B!D(J.
Well, I$B!G(Jll meet you there then.
Thank you good-bye. That lady is
really interesting. You know,
she$B!G(Js going back to Japan after
forty years. I wonder if she can
readjust to the Japanese society.
Kate, I hope you$B!G(Jre not wasting your
Wasting my time ? Ted, this is an
You know, I really think you$B!G(Jre
hung up on your mother$B!G(Js ghost.
I am not. Ted, just because you
can$B!G(Jt accept your Japanese side
doesn$B!G(Jt mean that I can$B!G(Jt accept mine.
The Japanese never accepted me.
Let$B!G(Js not get into this. I$B!G(Jm only going
to be here for a couple of days.
Well, what are you going to do after that ?
I hope to get it published.
Well, I don$B!G(Jt think many people are gonna
be interested in that kind of a story.
Ted, just because you$B!G(Jre not interested
does not mean everybody else won$B!G(Jt be.
Nothing happens with that kind of a story.
4. EXT. WOODS DAY
What$B!G(Js wrong with us ? Why do we always
argue ? Why ? We both wanted to be
accepted here just like our mothers. We
wanted to belong here. But we found
ourselves in different worlds.
5. EXT. TED$B!G(JS HOUSE DAY
Hey, Ted, did you tell your mom that
I was staying here ?
No, not yet. Why ?
Just wondering. I haven$B!G(Jt seen your
mom in a long time.
You know she asked about you.
You haven$B!G(Jt interviewed my mom yet,
have you ?
Why don$B!G(Jt you give her a call ? I know
she$B!G(Jd love to hear from you.
See you late.
I$B!G(Jll give you a call. (to Cory) Bye, Cory.
$B#6!%(JINT.$B!!(JHOUSE DAY (FLASH BACK)
AKIKO (Kate$B!G(Js mother) and SACHIKO (Ted$B!G(Js mother) look at magazines.
My mother and Ted$B!G(Js mother were best
friends. They were isolated from their
7. EXT. IN THE CAR DAY
How did your family react when you
told them that you were going to marry
an American man ?
8. EXT. GARDEN DAY
My father was very upset.
They were so furious.
My mother cried.
They told me they would lose a lot of
respect from our relatives and neighbors.
But after I introduced him, all my
family liked him a lot.
When I got my son, they changed.
9. EXT. IN THE CAR DAY
2nd WOMAN (V.O.)
They were happy to see$B!D!D!D(J
Sometimes I confuse their voices with
my mother$B!G(Js. Their voices fade out and
I realize that I$B!G(Jm thinking about my mother.
EXT. GARDEN DAY
And she said whenever you want to
come back home, you can come back.
11. EXT. IN THE CAR DAY
Like my mother, Mrs. Baker is one of
the very few women who has decided to
go back. Her husband died last fall.
12. INT. MRS. BAKER$B!G(JS HOUSE DAY
We went to a Japanese restaurant in
New York, and at the end of the dinner,
the old waiter came to talk to me, and
he mentioned that if I married him
I would be very unhappy in the future,
and perhaps I will have difficulty
getting along with his parents and
things like that, and my husband couldn$B!G(Jt
speak Japanese, so he just kept thanking
this old waiter, how nice he was, you know,
how friendly he was, and I thought it was
a very, very, funny moment.
Why did you decide now to go back to
Japan after living in the United States
for forty years ? Would you stay in
the United States if you had a child ?
Oh, it is a loaded question. I would stay
in the States with a child, if I had one.
13. EXT. BACK YARD DAY (FLASH BACK)
KATE and TED in childhood are playing with other children.
MRS. BAKER (V.O.)
Because the child would be American, and I
like to bring him up as American. This
country offer more liberal feeling of
education. All my friends who have
children, I think they really enjoy
the way children grow up in the States.
14. EXT. AT PORCH DAY (FLASH BACK)
Kate and Ted in childhood.
If your mon didn$B!G(Jt marry your dad,
and my mom didn$B!G(Jt marry my dad,
we would be the same kind of people
you know that ?
Aren$B!G(Jt we the same kind of people ?
15. EXT. GRANDMOTHER$B!G(JS GARDEN DAY (FLASHBACK)
Grandma ! Come on, let$B!G(Js go !
That$B!G(Js it ! You really like this little doggie,
don$B!G(Jt you, Kate ? That$B!G(Js a good pup, he$B!G(Js
a real sweet little one, isn$B!G(Jt he, Kate ?
Katie, you remember the other day when
I was at your house and your little friend
came over to play ?
You know, I really don$B!G(Jt think that$B!G(Js a good
Why not ?
You$B!G(Jve got lots of other little friends to play
with. Next time he comes, I think it would be
best if you just came in the house. Come on,
let$B!G(Js take a little walk together, the three of us.
Would you like to take a little walk ?
16. INT. KATE$B!G(JS HOUSE DAY (FLASH BACK)
The telephone rings.
Hello, hello$B!D!D(J. who is this ?
17. EXT. IN THE CAR DAY
I remember that something was slowly
changing but I didn$B!G(Jt know what it was.
18. EXT. BACKYARD DAY (FLASH BACK)
I$B!G(Jm sorry, Ted. She cannot play with
Ted ! Ted !
19. INT. TED$B!G(JS HOUSE DAY (FLASH BACK)
MICHAEL (Ted$B!G(J Father)
I$B!G(Jm sorry, my wife isn$B!G(Jt feeling well.
She doesn$B!G(Jt want to see you. Please
Yes, I understand.
My wife tells me, she borrowed a book
from you. Thank you. She enjoyed it
$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(JMichael, can you ask her again ?
$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(JI really need to talk to her.
I tried, Akiko. She$B!G(Js hurt.
Well, I didn$B!G(Jt mean to hurt her. I only
tried to do what$B!G(Js best for my daughter.
Don$B!G(Jt you realize you hurt my wife and
20. EXT. GARDEN DAY (FLASH BACK)
What$B!G(Js this ?
Japanese vitamin, take it.
We$B!G(Jll become Japanese, and then we
can go back to Japan.
I don$B!G(Jt want to go back there.
INT. KATE$B!G(JS HOUSE NIGHT (FLASH BACK)
OK, one for Katie and one for mom.
So, what did you do today ?
Went to my friend$B!G(Js house.
Yeah, Joyce$B!G(Js place or Barbara$B!G(Js ?
(to Kate$B!G(Js mother) How are you doing ?
Come on, honey, have your vegetables.
(to Kate) What did you do at Joyce$B!G(Js ?
Hum, what was on ?
Bugs Bunny$B!D(J and what else ?
And we played.
22. INT. DOCTOR$B!G(JS OFFICE DAY (FLASH BACK)
Don$B!G(Jt worry, talk to me. I don$B!G(Jt discuss
this with anyone. I know you$B!G(Jve got
something on your mind. I really want
to help. Talk to me.
23. INT. KATE$B!G(JS HOUSE ? LIVING ROOM DAY (FLASH BACK)
I$B!G(Jm really sorry Michael. I didn$B!G(Jt mean
to hurt anyone. My daughter is upsetting,
too. Sachiko is my only friend. Please give
it to her, and tell her I$B!G(Jm very sorry.
INT. KATE$B!G(JS HOUSE ? KITCHEN (FLASH BACK)
Akiko, it$B!G(Js OK. It$B!G(Js OK. Come on.
I$B!G(Jll take you to bed.
25. EXT. PARK ? WATERFRONT DAY (FLASH BACK)
In the beginning of 1959, my mother
was set back to Japan and never came
back. She had been here only eleven
26. INT. HAIR SALOON DAY
(on the phone) Wednesday won$B!G(Jt be good for
you ? No ?
$B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(J RECEPTIONIST (O.S.)
Oh, hi ! (to the phone) OK, let me see, OK$B!D(J.
Let me see about Thursday $B!D(J.. OK, Thursday
at two, is that good for you ? OK$B!D(J.
Kate, I$B!G(Jm glad to see you.
I finally made it.
27. INT. TED$B!G(JS HOUSE EVENING
So, where$B!G(Js she going to sleep tonight ?
She$B!G(Js going to sleep on the couch.
Really ? That would be very uncomfortable.
28. EXT. WATERFRONT EVENING
Kate and Akiko walk along a canal.
Imagination and memory are tangled
together. When Ted$B!G(Js mother said that
she wished she could have done it all
over again, I felt the same way. I realized
that all these years I$B!G(Jve been talking to
my mother in the back of my mind.
29. INT. TED$B!G(JS HOUSE NIGHT
So, how was the interview ?
I thought you weren$B!G(Jt interested.
When did you get that idea ?
Oh, I don$B!G(Jt know. Could be a long time
ago. (tasting the dish) That$B!G(Js pretty good.
Now, for the first time in my life,
I really miss my mother. I wish
I could really talk to her. I really
miss my mother.
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