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The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by John Huston and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Eugene Frenke.

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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.
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.
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