A Japanese aristocrat and an American woman fall in love, but their relationship is complicated when her brother seduces his sister.

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(as George H. Melford)

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Arai Takada
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O'Mitsu, His Sister
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Alan Hepburn
Margaret Loomis ...
Sheila Hepburn
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Janzo
Ernest Joy ...
Col. Bassett
Guy Oliver ...
Cadger
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Yuri (as Jane Wolff)
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A Japanese aristocrat and an American woman fall in love, but their relationship is complicated when her brother seduces his sister.

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15 October 1917 (USA)  »

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Oeil pour oeil  »

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The Call of the East (1917) -- Lost Film ?
9 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Son of an American businessman, Alan Hepburn ( Jack Holt ) who made his fortune in Japan, resides in Tokyo with his Japanese mistress O'Mitsu ( Tsuru Aoki ). Alan's romance earns the enmity of O'Mitsu's brother Takada ( Sessue Hayakawa ), who vows revenge on the American for dishonoring his sister. When Alan's half sister Shelia ( Margaret Loomis ) 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.

This 1920 silent drama was produced by Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company and starred popular actor, Sessue Hayakawa. Sadly it may now be a lost film and hopefully a copy survives for fans of silent cinema.


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