Japanese Actor

Sessue Hayakawa

  • Jun 10, 1889 - Nov 23, 1973 (age 84)
  • 5' 7" (1.71 m)
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1973
Sessue Hayakawa
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Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa passed away.
1966
The Daydreamer
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MovieJun 1, 1966

The Daydreamer

An anthology of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen: "The …
An anthology of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen: "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Thumbelina" and "The Garden of Paradise."
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1961
The Big Wave
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MovieApr 2, 1961

The Big Wave

Yukio, a farm boy, and Toru, a fisherboy, live in a small …
Yukio, a farm boy, and Toru, a fisherboy, live in a small Japanese village that is periodically threatened by a volcano on one side and tidal waves on the other. Yukio's younger sister Setsu follows then and dreams of becoming a pearl diver. Toru is preparing to go fishing with his father when a bell tolls and a danger flag is hung high on the hill behind the village to warn of an impending tidal wave by the village patriarch, known as Old Gentleman. The fishermen consult the other village elders and decide that Old Gentleman is wrong and they will go on with their work. Old Gentleman comes down from his home and begs them to send their children to his hilltop home for their safety, but the refuse. That night, after Toru has gone to the home of his friend Yukio, a tidal wave destroys the village, leaving only a few survivors. Old Gentleman offers to take the orphaned Toru as his son but Toru, despite knowing he will live in wealth, decides to stay on with Yukio's poor family. Ten years later, Yukio and Toru are as brothers. Toru is saving his money to buy a boat and Haruko, a diver, offers to sell him one of hers as she has fallen in love with him. Setsu has also fallen in love with Toru, while Yukio loves Haruko. On the day of the annual shark hunt, Yukio convinces Toru to join in helping kill the sharks, and they are joined by Haruko and Setsu. The girls get into a fight over Toru. Toru sees the fight and pulls Haruko off the smaller Setsu. Yukio sees him throw her aside and attacks Toru, declaring his own love for Haruko, while Toru reveals that it is Setsu whom he loves. Later, as Toru and Setsu discuss their wedding, Old Gentleman overhears their plans to go back to fishing. He hates the sea, as it killed his son thirty years ago, and offers them the biggest farm in the village if they will work it. He says he will not warn them of any more waves if the refuse. They do refuse, but tell him he will still warn them as he is a good man, but they will pay heed to his wisdom in the future.
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1960
Swiss Family Robinson
MovieDec 10, 1960

Swiss Family Robinson

A Swiss family must survive …
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.
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Route 66
TV ShowOct 7, 1960

Route 66

Route 66 is an American drama television that premiered on …
Route 66 is an American drama television that premiered on CBS on October 7, 1960, and ran until March 20, 1964, for a total of 116 episodes. The series was created by Herbert B. Leonard and Stirling Silliphant, who were also responsible for the ABC drama Naked City, from which Route 66 was indirectly spun off. Both series employed a format with elements of both traditional drama and anthology drama, but the difference was where the shows were set: Naked City was set in New York City, while Route 66 had its setting change from week to week, with each episode being shot on location.
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Hell to Eternity
MovieAug 1, 1960

Hell to Eternity

When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to …
When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.
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1959
Green Mansions
MovieMar 19, 1959

Green Mansions

A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a …
A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence."
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1958
The Geisha Boy
MovieDec 1, 1958

The Geisha Boy

Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to …
Gilbert Wooley is a second-rate magician who is sent to entertain the troops in the pacific. During his time in Japan he becomes attached to a little orphan boy.
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1957
The Bridge on the River Kwai
MovieOct 2, 1957

The Bridge on the River Kwai

During WW II, allied POWs …
During WW II, allied POWs in a Japanese internment camp are ordered to build a bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway. Their instinct is to sabotage the bridge, but under the leadership of Colonel Nicholson they're persuaded the bridge should be built to help morale, spirit. At first, the prisoners admire Nicholson when he bravely endures torture rather than compromise his principles for the benefit of Japanese Commandant Colonel Saito, but soon they realise it's a monument to Nicholson, himself, as well as a form of collaboration with the enemy.
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Wagon Train
TV ShowSep 18, 1957

Wagon Train

Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on …
Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on the NBC television network (National Broadcasting Company), 1957–1962 and then on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 1962–1965. Wagon Train first aired on September 18, 1957, and would eventually place the TV show in the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings. The series format attracted big-name guest stars who would appear in major roles as travelers in the large wagon train or in the settlements they passed by or visited. It initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death in 1960 by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by Scott Miller and Robert Fuller.'
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Best Supporting Actor
Nomination1957

Best Supporting Actor

Nominated for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
Academy Award
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nomination1957

Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture

Nominated for "The Bridge on the River Kwai".
Golden Globe Award
1955
House of Bamboo
MovieJul 1, 1955

House of Bamboo

In Tokyo, a ruthless gang starts holding up U.S. ammunition …
In Tokyo, a ruthless gang starts holding up U.S. ammunition trains, prepared to kill any of their own members wounded during a robbery. Down-at-heel ex-serviceman Eddie Spannier arrives from the States, apparently at the invitation of one such unfortunate. But Eddie isn't quite what he seems as he manages to make contact with Sandy Dawson, who is obviously running some sort of big operation, and his plan is helped by acquaintance with Mariko, the secret Japanese wife of the dead American.
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1950
Three Came Home
MovieFeb 20, 1950

Three Came Home

During Word War II, American author Agnes Newton Keith …
During Word War II, American author Agnes Newton Keith is imprisoned by the Japanese in various POW camps in North Borneo and Sarawak.
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1949
Tokyo Joe
MovieOct 26, 1949

Tokyo Joe

An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre …
An American returns to Tokyo try to pick up threads of his pre-WW2 life there, but finds himself squeezed between criminals and the authorities.
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1942
Gambling Hell
MovieApr 11, 1942

Gambling Hell

A captain, who has rescued a woman from danger,sails …
A captain, who has rescued a woman from danger,sails with her to Macao to do an arms deal with the Asian proprietor of a gambling den.The proprietor,s daughter, whom a visiting journalist tries to help, doesn,t know the sordid business her father is involved with.
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1937
Yoshiwara
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MovieJun 23, 1937

Yoshiwara

The film is set in Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in …
The film is set in Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer and a rickshaw man.
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The Daughter of the Samurai
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MovieFeb 4, 1937

The Daughter of the Samurai

Teruo is an adopted son of …
Teruo is an adopted son of an old samurai family that returns to Japan after living in Germany and is expected to marry Mitsuko. But he's struggling to readjust to Japan and intends to marry an Aryan woman.
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1931
Daughter of the Dragon
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MovieSep 5, 1931

Daughter of the Dragon

Princess Ling Moy, a young …
Princess Ling Moy, a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu, a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world. She is involved with Ah Kee, a handsome young man, who also unbeknownst to her, is a secret agent out to thwart the heinous plots of Fu Manchu. As it turns out, Fu is not only her next-door neighbor, he is also, (unbeknownst to her), her father. When she finds out, will she take her father's part and fight the men out to get Fu, or will she become a brave heroine and save the world even if it is from the devious doings of her own Dad? Yes, it's dated, and there isn't nearly enough of Warner Oland in it; but it moves along well, has a lot of action, Wong and Hayakawa were fine actors, and if you're a Charley Chan fan, it's worth it to how much, if any, of Fu Oland used when creating Charley Chan.
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1924
The Great Prince Shan
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MovieMay 1, 1924

The Great Prince Shan

An assassinated Lord's …
An assassinated Lord's daughter refuses to marry a Chinese prince but agrees to be his mistress.
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1922
The Vermilion Pencil
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MovieMar 19, 1922

The Vermilion Pencil

The Vermilion Pencil is a 1922 American silent drama film …
The Vermilion Pencil is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Norman Dawn, and produced and distributed by Robertson–Cole. It is based on the eponymous 1908 novel by Homer Lea. The film stars Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa in multiple roles, and white actors Ann May, Bessie Love, and Sidney Franklin, all in Asian roles. It is now a lost film.
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Five Days to Live
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MovieJan 8, 1922

Five Days to Live

Tai Leung, a young man who dreams of love and carves …
Tai Leung, a young man who dreams of love and carves ivory images, falls in love with the pretty Kao Ai. Her cruel foster father owns a restaurant where she works, and he mistreats her and overworks her. She blossoms when she meets Tai Leung, who is determined to rescue her from her hard life. Her foster father agrees to let her go, but only if Tai pays him a large sum of money. Desperate for money, Tai learns of a condemned pirate, called The Wolf, who has been sentenced to hang and will pay a lot of money for a substitute, and Tai agrees to take The Wolf's place on the gallows in order to ensure Ko Ai's happiness. However, things don't work out quite the way Tai planned.
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1921
The Swamp
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MovieOct 30, 1921

The Swamp

The Swamp (called Le Devin du faubourg/The Neighborhood …
The Swamp (called Le Devin du faubourg/The Neighborhood Fortune-Teller in France) is a 1921 American silent drama film released by the Robertson-Cole Pictures Corporation and directed by Colin Campbell. The film was written and produced by Sessue Hayakawa, who also co-stars with Bessie Love. A print of this film is preserved at the Gosfilmofond archive in Moscow.
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1920
The Devil's Claim
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MovieMay 2, 1920

The Devil's Claim

Hindu novelist Akbar Khan, lives in Greenwich Village and uses …
Hindu novelist Akbar Khan, lives in Greenwich Village and uses his love affairs as inspiration for his books. When he exhausts all the story material from his affair with Indora, a young Persian girl, he deserts her. Virginia Crosby, a social worker, takes pity on Indora, who has failed in an attempt to kill Khan, and offers to win him back for her. Virginia pretends to fall in love with Khan and inspires him with tales of the devil's trademark, the emblem of a band of devil worshipers whose hero is named Hassa. In these tales, Hassa and a beautiful Hindu woman lead a series of adventures based upon the motif of devil worship. When Virginia jilts Khan before the last installment of the serial is written, she sends Indora to take her place, and Khan finally discovers his love for her.
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The Beggar Prince
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MovieJan 25, 1920

The Beggar Prince

The Beggar Prince is a lost 1920 film directed by William …
The Beggar Prince is a lost 1920 film directed by William Worthington and produced by Sessue Hayakawa's Haworth Pictures Corporation.
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1919
The Tong Man
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MovieDec 14, 1919

The Tong Man

An opium smuggler is marked for murder in this story of the …
An opium smuggler is marked for murder in this story of the Chinese Mafia.
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Bonds of Honor
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MovieOct 4, 1919

Bonds of Honor

When Sasamoto commits treason during the Great War to pay …
When Sasamoto commits treason during the Great War to pay off gambling debts, his twin brother Yamashito assumes his identity and tracks him down.
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The Dragon Painter
MovieSep 27, 1919

The Dragon Painter

Tatsu is a slightly delusional painter who lives in the wilderness. …
Tatsu is a slightly delusional painter who lives in the wilderness. He spends his days painting nothing but the image of his love, a princess he believes to have been incarnated as a dragon. His work is noticed by a servant of Kano Indara, an aging master painter who has no male heir or disciple to pass his skills to. The servant brings Tatsu to Indara under the belief that Indara can help him find his princess in exchange for allowing Indara to pass his knowledge on to him. Once there, Tatsu is led to believe that Indara's daughter, Ume Ko, is the princess. Tatsu agrees to stay, but now that he has found his love he no longer has the inspiration to paint the masterpieces that he once produced. Ume Ko pretends to kill herself so that Tatsu can once again find inspiration through his sorrow, and once he regains this she reveals herself to him. He has learned that "love must be a slave to art", and they live out the rest of their days together, with Tatsu painting her as he once did.
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The Man Beneath
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MovieJul 5, 1919

The Man Beneath

The Man Beneath is a 1919 American silent crime drama …
The Man Beneath is a 1919 American silent crime drama film directed by William Worthington and produced by Sessue Hayakawa's Haworth Pictures Corporation. An incomplete copy of the film is in the collection of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
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The Courageous Coward
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MovieApr 1, 1919

The Courageous Coward

Japanese-American law …
Japanese-American law student Suki Iota,, falls in love with his guardian's niece Rei Oaki, who has just arrived from Japan to cultivate her singing voice. After Suki goes East to law school, Rei, thinking Suki wants an American girl, gets Tom Kirby, the son of the Chinatown boss, to teach her American ways of dress and behavior. On his return, Suki is displeased with Rei's change and believes her to be Tom's girl when he sees them celebrating the Chinese New Year. Suki is appointed assistant district attorney and, with the whole city watching because of anonymous death threats sent to him, he steadfastly prosecutes a murder case until Tom confesses to him. To protect Rei, Suki removes himself from the case. Labled a coward and a traitor to justice, Suki remains silent until Tom publicly confesses. Now regarded as a hero, Suki defends Tom. Rei confesses she never loved Tom, and her romance with Suki begins anew.
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1918
Banzai
MovieOct 1, 1918

Banzai

German soldiers are boasting of how they're going to win the …
German soldiers are boasting of how they're going to win the war when a platoon of Americans appears and wipes them out. The American General discovers that his men are almost out of ammunition, and he appeals to the audience to buy Liberty Bonds.
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His Birthright
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MovieSep 8, 1918

His Birthright

After his Japanese mother dies, a biracial young man travels to …
After his Japanese mother dies, a biracial young man travels to the United States to track down his American father.
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The Bravest Way
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MovieJun 16, 1918

The Bravest Way

Tamura, a Japanese man working as a gardener in America, …
Tamura, a Japanese man working as a gardener in America, saves his money to marry his girlfriend, Japanese-American Nume Rogers. His friend, Watana, works for a Japanese businessman named Motoyoshi so that he can get enough money to bring his wife Sat-Su and their children to America. However, on the day that Sat-Su is to arrive, something happens that changes the lives of everyone concerned.
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The White Man's Law
MovieMay 6, 1918

The White Man's Law

The story is simply that of misplaced confidence, that of …
The story is simply that of misplaced confidence, that of deception practiced by a renegade Englishman of attractive personality and high social training upon characters more simple and true-hearted. He has left a wife behind him to retrieve lost fortunes and social position in the ivory trade where climatic conditions are such that the place, Sierra Leone, is known as "the white man's grave." This renegade, before starting on an expedition to the unexplored interior, trifles with the affections of Maida Verne, a French Sudanese girl, who has been educated at the mission, and becomes something of a favorite with the English colony. She is engaged to the son of a native king, a young man modernized by an education at Oxford, but still retaining the best of native ideals. He is almost unnaturally magnanimous in stepping aside when he believes that Maida is to wed the Englishman, but he discovers that the latter has a wife living while the two are on the expedition returning from a successful search for ivory. The two men fight in a canoe, and the native is apparently drowned. The renegade escapes, but the native returns to their starting point in time to save Maida and execute terrible vengeance.
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The Hidden Pearls
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MovieFeb 18, 1918

The Hidden Pearls

Having been reared and educated in America, the son of an …
Having been reared and educated in America, the son of an American pearl trader and a Hawaiian island princess, knows nothing about life on his mother's island. He and Enid Benton are engaged, and when word comes that he has lost his family fortune, she informs him that she will not marry a poor man. In Honolulu, Tom's uncle, John Garvin, tells him that there is a rich store of pearls hidden on his mother's island, and the young man, now the island's rightful king, sails there immediately, where he is warmly greeted by the natives. The beautiful Tahona falls in love with Tom and shows him where the pearls are hidden. He escapes from the angry islanders with the pearls, but after his return to Honolulu, Enid's cold manner and his own conscience effect a change in him, and he soon catches a steamer back to the island. He and Tahona wed and rule the islanders as king and queen.
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1917
The Secret Game
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MovieDec 3, 1917

The Secret Game

During the Great War, German and Japanese spies face off in …
During the Great War, German and Japanese spies face off in the United States.
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The Call of the East
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MovieOct 15, 1917

The Call of the East

The son of an American businessman, Alan Hepburn, …
The son of an American businessman, Alan Hepburn, who made his fortune in Japan, resides in Tokyo with his Japanese mistress O'Mitsu. Alan's romance earns the enmity of O'Mitsu's brother Takada, who vows revenge on the American for dishonoring his sister. When Alan's half sister Shelia finds herself irresistibly drawn to Japan, Takada plans poetic justice by seducing the girl. Pretending to be Alan's friend, Takada invites the American to his island home where he then holds him captive. Shelia, learning of her brother's fate, follows him to the island. Dismayed upon discovering that Shelia is the mysterious woman who stole his heart at the Festival of Lanterns, Takada nevertheless intends to exact his revenge until the girl seeks refuge at the image of Kwannon, a sacred spot to the Japanese. Begging her forgiveness, Takada releases Alan and Shelia, but Shelia finds herself strangely drawn to her captor. When Alan informs her that her mother was Japanese, Shelia realizes that she is answering the call of the East and decides to remain behind to become Takada's wife.
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The Bottle Imp
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MovieMar 26, 1917

The Bottle Imp

Lopaka, a poor Hawaiian fisherman, falls in love with …
Lopaka, a poor Hawaiian fisherman, falls in love with Kokua, a young girl of royal blood. Her father refuses to let him marry her, though, unless Lopaka can bring him two feather cloaks from a rare bird. While searching the mountains for the bird, Lopaka encounters a dying priest of Pele who sells him a wishing bottle in which Kono, the god of the volcanos, is confined. The priest warns him of the dangers of the bottle: if he dies still owning it, he will be damned, and the only way to get rid of it is to sell it for a price smaller than was paid for it. Lopaka agrees and wishes to be rich, then marries Kokua and sells the bottle. All is well until Lopaka contracts leprosy. To get rid of it, he must acquire the bottle again, and he is forced to buy it for the smallest coin of the realm! To save her husband's soul, Kokua is ready to sacrifice herself by buying the bottle for a smaller French coin. Fortunately, a wicked sailor appears with a still smaller Chinese coin and becomes its final owner when the bottle is lost at sea. Lopaka's wealth vanishes, but he is happy to be with Kokua.
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1916
The Victoria Cross
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MovieDec 14, 1916

The Victoria Cross

Maj. Ralph Seton is a British army officer stationed in …
Maj. Ralph Seton is a British army officer stationed in Cawnpore, India, when the Sepoy Rebellion--a mutiny of Indian soldiers in the Brtitish army in India--breaks out in 1857. He receives the prestigious Victoria Cross--the highest decoration that can be awarded to a British soldier--for his actions in battle. However, after a night of drunken debauchery, he is stripped of the honor and disgraced in front of his love, Joan Strathallen, the daughter of his commanding officer. When Indian rebel leader Azimoolah instigates an uprising by the natives and has Joan kidnapped, Seton sets out to redeem his honor and save the woman he loves.
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The Soul of Kura San
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MovieOct 30, 1916

The Soul of Kura San

Kura San and Toyo want to marry, but Kura San's greedy father …
Kura San and Toyo want to marry, but Kura San's greedy father prevents their union due to Toyo's poverty. Toyo leaves Japan for the United States to take over his uncle's business, telling Kura San to wait for him. While he is away, Kura San's father hides Toyo's letters and tells her Toyo is now married. The despondent Kura San becomes a geisha and while modeling for an American artist, is seduced by him. Ashamed, she commits suicide. Toyo discovers this and decides to avenge his beloved by seducing the artist's bride, Anne, before killing the artist himself.
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The Honorable Friend
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MovieAug 27, 1916

The Honorable Friend

Makino works for Kayosho, a Japanese curio dealer in …
Makino works for Kayosho, a Japanese curio dealer in America. To reward Makino's dedication, Kayosho sends for Toki-ye, a picture bride. Upon arrival, she is married to Makino in a civil ceremony. However, Kayosho intends to keep Toki-ye for himself. This angers Goto, another employee. Kayosho was betrothed to Goto's niece, Hana. One day Kayosho is found dead in a pool.
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Alien Souls
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MovieMay 11, 1916

Alien Souls

Young Yuri Chan attends school in the United States, believes …
Young Yuri Chan attends school in the United States, believes that she is very wealthy when in fact she has been supported by Sakata, a Japanese importer, since the death of her father. Although Yuri Chan is to marry Sakata upon her graduation, the young woman longs to enter American society, and to that end, she becomes involved with Aleck Lindsay, a society idler attracted only to her fortune. Despite Sakata's efforts to win Yuri Chan's heart, she decides to elope with Aleck, but Sakata catches them and tells the American the source of the girl's wealth. The fortune hunter immediately abandons Yuri Chan, and in disgrace, she tries to commit suicide, the gun misfires and she faints. Yuri Chan awakens in Sakata's arms, and she gratefully accedes to the wishes of her loving benefactor.
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1915
Temptation
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MovieDec 30, 1915

Temptation

Opera singer Renee Dupree is in love with struggling …
Opera singer Renee Dupree is in love with struggling composer Julian who falls very seriously ill. She goes to impresario Mueller for the money Julian needs but is saved from sacrificing her virtue when a jealous lover kills Mueller.
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The Cheat
MovieDec 13, 1915

The Cheat

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles …
A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.
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The Secret Sin
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MovieOct 21, 1915

The Secret Sin

To help their unemployed father make ends meet, Edith and …
To help their unemployed father make ends meet, Edith and her twin sister Grace work as seamstresses . An invalid, Grace falls prey to the temptations of Chinatown opium and becomes an addict, a condition worsened by a misguided physician who prescribes morphine to ease her pain. When their father strikes oil, the family enjoys a new prosperity and the sisters meet the eligible Jack Herron, a fellow oil prospector. To Grace's shock, Jack falls in love with Edith and in her jealousy, Grace tells Jack that Edith, not she, has a drug problem. Hinting that her sister will soon need more morphine, Grace arranges for a dinner in Chinatown with the couple. While her sister and Jack dance, Grace slips away to an opium den. Edith follows her, but ends up in the wrong den and is arrested in an ensuing drug raid. After he bails her out of jail, Edith takes an angry Jack to search for Grace and stumbles across her half-conscious body lying in the street. The truth about the sisters is revealed, and after sending Grace to a sanitarium in the country, Jack and Edith are married.
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The Clue
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MovieJul 8, 1915

The Clue

Russian brothers Count Boris and Alexis Rabourdin obtain a …
Russian brothers Count Boris and Alexis Rabourdin obtain a Japanese coastline defense map and plan to sell it to German agents in London. In America, Alexis schemes to marry wealthy Eve Bertram, who loves him. Boris, meanwhile, falls in love with Christine Lesley, Eve's neighbor whom Eve's brother Guy, an amateur inventor experimenting with explosives, also loves. Nogi, a Japanese spy sent to obtain the explosives, who serves as Guy's valet, plots to destroy the map. As Boris prepares to leave for London, he gives Christine an old Russian coin as a keepsake. To show Guy that she does not care for Boris, Christine attaches the coin to Guy's watch chain. That night Christine discovers Alexis' dead body. Grief stricken, Eve summons Detective Williams, who finds the coin near the body. Guy, who fought with Alexis, thinks that he killed him. After Christine agrees to marry Boris for his silence, Guy considers suicide, but during a fight, Nogi sets off an explosion killing Boris. Badly injured, Nogi confesses killing Alexis and dies as he sees Christine destroy the map.
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After Five
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MovieJan 28, 1915

After Five

Ted Ewing, a young New Yorker, is the guardian of Nora …
Ted Ewing, a young New Yorker, is the guardian of Nora Hildreth, with whom he is in love. He invests her fortune of $50,000 and an equal amount of his own money (constituting almost his entire property) in a stock exchange speculation. When this speculation apparently fails he seeks to reimburse the girl by taking out a life insurance policy in her favor and then killing himself. But, as the policy has a clause invalidating it in case of suicide, he has to arrange an "accidental death" for himself, and, to this end, enters into an arrangement with the chief of the S.S.S., a blackmailing society which has already threatened his life. The humorous complications really begin when it develops that the money has not been lost but doubled, so that Ted, instead of wishing to die, has every reason imaginable for wishing to live. It is, however, almost impossible to break his sworn pact with the S.S.S. and his own Japanese valet, to whom he gave the money to pay for his death, refuses to divert the money from the one use to which it has been pledged. The manner in which Ted manages to escape from his own plots against his own life, and the details of his romance with Nora form the concluding episodes of this highly amusing photodrama.
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1914
Mother of the Shadows
MovieDec 4, 1914

Mother of the Shadows

Laughing Moon, sister of the …
Laughing Moon, sister of the Sioux Chief, saves the life of Lieut. Eldridge, after he had protected her from a drunken Mexican. The friendship rapidly ripens into love. Some time later the chief arrives at the Post with all his tribe and Laughing Moon demands to see the colonel, whom he tells that Laughing Moon has a child of which one of his officers is the father. The colonel at once orders all the officers before him and tells Laughing Moon to pick out the man. She refuses to betray Eldridge but he admits it. The colonel demands that he marry her at once. This is done. As time passes, Laughing Moon realizes that her husband is ashamed of her, and her heart is broken when she hears him say that he knows the baby will grow up to be ashamed of her. The Sioux chief, owing to the fact that his sister has married an officer, disobeys the colonel's orders regarding hunting, and in the dispute that follows one of his warriors is placed under arrest. When the colonel refuses to release him, the chief attacks the fort. During the battle the imprisoned Indian escapes and discovers a small wooden gate in the rear of the stables which is unguarded. He throws away the wooden bar securing the gate, and hastens to inform the Indians. Laughing Moon sees him. and, realizing the gate must be held, throws her arm in the bar slots in place of the wooden bar. The Indians try to batter down the gate and chop through at her arm, badly wounding her, but she manages to cling there until a detachment of soldiers arrive. The Indians are beaten off. Laughing Moon is the heroine of the hour, and her husband is now very proud of her, and brings the baby to her, telling her when it grows he will delight in telling of his brave mother. She, however, knows that his first statement is true, and realizes when she is an old shapeless squaw her son will be ashamed of her when he compares her to the beautiful white mothers of boys of his acquaintance. She feels it is best that he should remember her as a beautiful Indian Princess who saved the fort. She opens the bandages binding her wounds, and when they find her she is dead.
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The Vigil
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MovieDec 3, 1914

The Vigil

Kamura, a poor Japanese fisherman, has arranged to …
Kamura, a poor Japanese fisherman, has arranged to have bis daughter marry Owaru. against her will. Kenjiro, son of a wealthy Japanese merchant, is in a wreck at sea and is washed on the wreckage near Mira's home. She swims out to sea and rescues him. Later they fall in love, and her engagement with Owaru is sealed. Kenjiro is appointed "One Year Godmaster," a Japanese custom, which, although quite an honor, required him to live the life of a hermit for one year, and if any calamity comes to the community it is supposed to be caused by some negligence on the part of the Godmaster to his religious duties. A ship from Asia brings the plague to this village and the superstitious people believe their sufferings to be a visitation from the Gods. Owaru, fired with jealousy, fans the fires of suspicion against Kenjiro. telling the lower classes that he is false to his trust. Chosing a night that Kenjiro's religious duties compel him to keep an all night vigil, Owaru drugs his fond with a sleeping potion, and Kenjiro is found by the people to be false to his trust. He is later put into prison and sentenced to be flogged to death. Believing Owaru guilty of having drugged Kenjiro, Mira determines to impersonate one of Owaru's ancestors and play upon his religious fears, hoping that he will confess. She wrecks Owaru's hut and leaves a note of warning which frightens him. While running he falls over a precipice. Dying, he confesses to having drugged Kenjiro.
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The Typhoon
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MovieOct 10, 1914

The Typhoon

Japanese diplomat Tokoramo ( Sessue Hayakawa ), on a …
Japanese diplomat Tokoramo ( Sessue Hayakawa ), on a mission to Paris, begins a love affair with chorus girl, Helene ( Gladys Brockwell ), who subsequently rejects her American fiance, Richard Bernisky. When the Japanese discover the affair, they try to force Tokoramo to end it, but Helene refuses to stop visiting him. One night, during one of her visits, Bernisky comes to Tokoramo's apartment and, while Helene hides, rebukes her to her lover. After Bernisky leaves, Tokoramo orders Helene out, but when he realizes his love for her, he calls her back. Suddenly, she rejects and insults him to the point that he strangles her. Tokoramo wants to confess his crime, but he must complete his work, and so his countrymen sacrifice a boy, Hironari, who pleads guilty to the murder and eventually is executed. In the end, Tokoramo also dies and his colleagues burn his valuable papers in order to protect Japan.
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The Wrath of the Gods
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MovieJun 7, 1914

The Wrath of the Gods

Elderly prophet Takeo,, …
Elderly prophet Takeo,, explains a legend to the people of his Japanese village that says that the first male descendant of samurai Lord Yamaki's family is cursed by the gods. Thus, if Yamaki's daughter Toya San marries, the long inactive volcano near their village will erupt. When an American vessel is shipwrecked near the village, sailor Tom Wilson is saved by Yamako. Tom, who falls in love with Toya San, tells the people about the new god more powerful than Buddha and convinces her to marry him. Takeo arrives at the American mission too late to stop the marriage and the volcano erupts. Yamaki and many others are killed, but Tom and Toya San escape to an American ship anchored at the harbor.
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Tsuru Aoki
MarriageMay 1914

Tsuru Aoki

Tsuru Aoki (青木 鶴子 Aoki Tsuruko, September 9, 1892 …
Tsuru Aoki (青木 鶴子 Aoki Tsuruko, September 9, 1892 – October 18, 1961) was a popular Japanese stage and screen actress whose career was most prolific during the silent film era of the 1910s through the 1920s. Aoki may have been the first Asian actress to garner top billing in American motion pictures.
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1889
Sessue Hayakawa
BirthJune 1889

Sessue Hayakawa

Sessue Hayakawa was born.
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