Director Bruce Beresford's underrated and little-seen follow-up to DRIVING MISS DAISY, MISTER JOHNSON is a more subdued and melancholy historical drama about the ways in which racist social systems prevent even kind-hearted people of different races from becoming friends.
In the West African village of Fada in 1923, "Mister Johnson" (Maynard Eziashi) works as a clerk for Harry Rudbeck (Pierce Brosnan), a British administrator. Though he is treated with no special respect by his white overseers, the ambitious Johnson insists on maintaining a strict pretense that he
is British to the bone. According to local custom, he buys a wife, but insists on a traditional Ch...