THE BARBARIAN AND THE GEISHA
DIRECTED BY JOHN HUSTON
PRODUCED BY DARRYL F. ZANUCK/ EUGENE FRENK
Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan
to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country.
Harris discovers enormous hostility to foreigners, as well as the love of a young geisha.
Summary written by Jim Beaver
John Wayne .... Townsend Harris
Eiko Ando .... Okichi
Sam Jaffe .... Henry Heusken
Sô Yamamura .... Governor Tamura
Kodaya Ichikawa .... Daimyo (uncredited)
Tokujiro Iketaniuchi .... Harusha (uncredited)
Fuji Kasai .... Lord Hotta (uncredited)
Takeshi Kumagai .... Chamberlain (uncredited)
Morita .... Prime Minister (uncredited)
James Robbins .... Lt. Fisher (uncredited)
Norman Thomson .... Captain Edmunds (uncredited)
Hiroshi Yamato .... The Shogun (uncredited)
Nigel Balchin uncredited
James Edward Grant uncredited
Alfred Hayes uncredited
Ellis St. Joseph story
Charles G. Clarke
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Based on the true story of American diplomat Townsend Harris, his time in Japan in the 1850s and 60s, and his romance with a 17-year-old geisha named Kichi. Their story is one of the most well-known folk tales in Japan. The real Harris died in New York in 1878, and the real Kichi committed suicide in Shimoda in 1892.
Average Shot Length = ~10.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~9.7 seconds.
Director Anthony Mann owned the rights to this story, but sold it to Fox after being unable to sign a big enough star to play the lead.
John Huston later dismissed this film, claiming that the final version, re-cut by the studio, didn't resemble his vision at all and that he would've liked to have his name removed from the credits. Stylistically, Huston wanted to make it a particularly Japanese film in terms of photography, pacing, color and narration. According to him, only bits of this attempt were still intact and visible in the theatrical version.
While making The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958), John Wayne apparently became so enraged with director John Huston (who was something of a tough guy himself and was nearly as tall as Wayne, but not as massive) that he throttled and punched him out. It is unknown what Huston did to earn the beating, but the director was known to have a mean streak. Wayne later re-enacted the incident for Peter Bogdanovich, who was somewhat terrified to be used as a substitute for Huston.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At one point, Townsend calls to his Chinese servant Sam; this was not, as some thought, a mistaken reference to an actor's real name.
20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA
Eiga Film Studios, Tokyo, Japan
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