Directed by Michael Toshiyuki Uno • 1988 • United States
Starring Mako, Nobu McCarthy, Sab Shimono
Adapted from a play by Philip Kan Gotanda, this keenly perceptive drama focuses on the upheavals that rock a Japanese American family when the sixty-something Masi (Nobu McCarthy) announces she is leaving her conservative, emotionally neglectful husband, Nobu (Mako), after forty years together. As she finds rejuvenation in a new relationship, he struggles to move forward. Touching on issues of assimilation, generational conflict, and the legacy of the Japanese internment, THE WASH is a moving and beautifully performed look at the intricacies of love in old age.