Film Rights Acquired to Bestseller ‘Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet’

NEW YORK — Producer Diane Quon announced Sept. 6 that she has acquired the film rights to the New York Times bestseller “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” written by Jamie Ford.

Joseph Craig of StemEnt will be producing the film with Quon and legendary actor George Takei has signed on as executive producer.

The film is slated to start production in 2018 with Ford co-writing the screenplay.


Jamie Ford


“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” is the story of Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy in Seattle who falls in love with Keiko, a Japanese American girl, as she is sent to a concentration camp during World War II. It is a bittersweet tale about racism, commitment and enduring hope — a noble romantic journey set in 1942, and later in 1986, when the belongings of Nikkei families are discovered in the basement of an old hotel.

A widower now, Henry must reconcile the past and the present, the things he did or didn’t do, the things he said, and the things he left unspoken. Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, this is a timeless tale of love lost, and found.