Majority of One, A (MOD)

Live and learn, the saying goes. Japanese businessman and widower Koichi Asano and Brooklyn widow Bertha Jacoby are at an age where they've done a lot of living and learning. Now, with a bit of luck, love may reenter their lives.


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Genre:   Comedy, Romance
Director:   Mervyn Leroy
Writers:   Leonard Spigelgass
Cast:   Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue
Theatrical Release Date:   02/17/1962
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Majority of One, A (MOD)
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Engaging characters (12)
  • Emotionally engaging (10)
  • Great story (8)
  • Broad appeal (5)
  • Epic cast (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Adult viewers (9)
  • At home (8)
  • Perfect gift (7)
  • Younger viewers (5)
  • Travel (3)
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4.0

"Kampai Mr. Asano, L'chaim Mrs. Jacoby".

By Nick at Nite

from San Mateo, CA

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Epic Cast
  • Great Cinematography
  • Great Story

Cons

  • A Few Reservations

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Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

Soy sauce and matzos might've been the primary ingredients in a recipe for disaster when East and West don't just meet, they experience a culture clash. Japanese widower Koichi Asano (Guinness) and Brooklyn widower Bertha Jacoby (Russell) engage in a shipboard romance once their eyes meet. Bertha's reluctance at first (having lost her husband to natural causes and a son to the Pacific theater during WWII) to Asano's subtle overtures, eventually succumbs to his warm charms. But Bertha's daughter Alice and son-in-law Jerome, a newly appointed delegate to the American embassy in Tokyo to discuss the trade agreement with Asano's textile firm, is met with considerable consternation and disapproval given Jerome's delicate position, and, even more troubling, that Asano is Japanese and Bertha is Jewish. Even less convincing than Guinness (who's played everyone from Fagin to Obi-wan Kenobi) as an Asian is Russell as a yenta. But the elements "tolerance, kindness and forgiveness" of the storyline are so compelling and the film's denouement so bittersweet and heartrending that you'll soon overlook these two fine actors struggling to master their Japanese and Yiddish accents. Based on a play by Leonard Spigelgass which ran for a record 556 performances on Broadway, Spigelgass adapted his play for the screen as well. Reviewer's note: Insomuch as the role of Asano was originally portrayed by Japanese American actor Tsuruko Kobayashi, a better choice for the film (as good as Guinness was) might've been Japanese silent screen star Sessue Hayakawa, having made a triumphant comeback in his Oscar nominated role as Col. Saito in David Lean's "The Bridge on the River Kwai".

 
5.0

I absolutely love this movie!

By cathouse

from Redding, CA

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Engaging Characters
  • Great Story

Cons

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    Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

    It was delivered much faster than I anticipated and the quality of the disc appears to be excellent as far as my knowledge of these things goes.

     
    5.0

    Roz Russell is an Absolute Delight!

    By Cineaste Chuck

    from Pittsburgh, PA

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    Pros

    • Emotionally Engaging
    • Engaging Characters
    • Great Cinematography
    • Great Story

    Cons

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      • At Home
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      Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

      Rosalind Russell gives one of her very best performances as Bertha Jacoby in this heart-warming film. Beautiful photography enhances the message of the movie, that love and understanding can break through all cultural boundaries.

       
      5.0

      A wonderful film !!

      By Galaxy2blue

      from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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      Pros

      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Engaging Characters
      • Great Cinematography
      • Great Story

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          Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

          A truly enjoyable film with a wonderful peformance by Rosalind Russell. I saw this film at the theater when it was first released, and enjoyed it so much that I went back to see it two more times. Thank-you Warner Brothers for finally releasing this fine film on DVD. This anamorphic widescreen production looks and sounds great. I'm very pleased and happy to finally have this film in my DVD collection.

           
          5.0

          excellent movie

          By alynn

          from chicago

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          Pros

          • Emotionally Engaging
          • Engaging Characters
          • Epic Cast

          Cons

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            Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

            We enjoyed the movie very much. Great acting by AlecGuiness and Rosaland Russell. Cute story and very entertaining movie. We received the movie on the day it was promised. very good service

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            a sweet-spirited charming movie

            By a definite fan of WB

            from Los Angeles, CA

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            Pros

            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters

            Cons

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              Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

              I wish other studios would follow Warner Bros lead.
              There are many good and great movies that won't attract young viewers, so would normally not be released on DVD; WB Archive is a nice compromise.
              If you are old enough to accept the casting of Alec Guiness as a Japanese character you are likely to enjoy this.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Wonderful Film

              By GaryC.

              from Staten Island, New York

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              Pros

              • Broad Appeal
              • Emotionally Engaging
              • Engaging Characters
              • Great Story

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                  Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

                  I saw this film in the movies when I was eleven years old. My parents saw it as well and loved it. It is based on a Broadway play and directed by veteran director Mervyn Leroy. It is the story of a Jewish widow living in Brooklyn, whose son was killed by the Japanese in WW II, meeting and falling in love with a Japanese industrialist (and he with her) during a trip to Japan with her daughter and diplomat son-in-law.
                  A lot of people complained that the film was mis-cast with (non-Jewish) Rosalind Russell as the widow and British legend Sir. Alec Guiness as the Japanese man. I will admit that Guiness, although excellent, was hard to get used to as the Japanese industrialist. (I'm sure that type of casting would not be done today.) However as someone who is Jewish and was born and raised in Brooklyn, I had no problem with Rosalind Russell. I found her simply wonderful and have always considered her to be a great star and actress.
                  I had not seen this film in many years and still enjoyed it greatly.My wife never saw it before and enjoyed it as well. The color and picture was fine although it did tend to freeze up every 10/15 minutes in my older blu-ray player. I'm sure it would have played perfectly in my newer blu-ray as another WarnerArchive film I purchased, "A Distant Trumpet," had the same problem.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Really enjoyable; casting is perfect!

                  By Galena 1

                  from Chicago, Illinois

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                  Pros

                  • Broad Appeal
                  • Emotionally Engaging
                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Epic Cast
                  • Great Story

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                    Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Movie - great message

                    By Mike

                    from Alpharetta, GA

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                    Pros

                    • Emotionally Engaging
                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Great Story

                    Cons

                    • A little dated

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                    Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

                    I love this movie, although slightly dated. At the same time, it has both a subtle and powerful message about racism. Very touching. The lead actors are wonderful - but I wish they would have used a Japanese or at least an Asian actor for the male lead instead of a caucasian in makeup.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Funny, interesting, endearing movie

                    By piano lady

                    from Texas

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                    Pros

                    • Broad Appeal
                    • Emotionally Engaging
                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Great Story

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                      • At Home
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                      Comments about Majority of One, A (MOD):

                      For home viewing - love the characters in the story, especially Rosalind Russell as endearing Jewish matriach. Great little story!

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