The Barbarian and the Geisha

  • U
  • John Huston (1958)
  • US
  • 100 min
The Barbarian and the Geisha
Film Review
Reviewed By
1 out of 5

Tough-guy director John Huston teamed up with John Wayne for the first and last time to make this historical drama about Townsend Harris, America's first consul to Japan, and his diplomatic victory over the isolationist shoguns. Huston cast Wayne because he would physically and metaphorically tower over the Japanese, while Wayne was attracted to the role because it got him out of westerns and showed America's historical influence over their wartime enemy. Wayne and Huston loathed each other from day one, however, and the movie was an unmitigated disaster - from the indulgent casting of Huston's Oriental girlfriend, Eiko Ando, to a riot caused when a special-effects fire nearly wrecked a fishing village.

Plot Summary

Historical drama starring John Wayne. Mid-1850s Japan: Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to serve as the first American consul general in Japan. Accompanied only by his European translator, Harris arrives in the port city of Shimoda, but is met with hostility by the townspeople.

Cast and crew

Cast

Townsend Harris
John Wayne
Okichi
Eiko Ando
Henry Heusken
Sam Jaffe
Tamura
So Yamamura
Ship captain
Norman Thomson
Lieutenant Fisher
James Robbins
Prime minister
Morita
Daimyo
Kodaya Ichikawa
Shogun
Hiroshi Yamato

Crew

Director
John Huston

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Categories
Drama