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Release Date:
30 September 1958 (USA) See more »
The geisha girl they sent to love and to destroy the barbarian from the west! See more »
Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Totally bizarre casting, but it's still very watchable See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Townsend Harris

Eiko Ando ... Okichi

Sam Jaffe ... Henry Heusken

Sô Yamamura ... Governor Tamura (as So Yamamura)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryuzo Demura ... Thug (uncredited)
Kodaya Ichikawa ... Daimyo (uncredited)
Tokujiro Iketaniuchi ... Harusha (uncredited)
Fuji Kasai ... Lord Hotta (uncredited)
Takeshi Kumagai ... Chamberlain (uncredited)
Fuyukichi Maki ... Peasant (uncredited)
Morita ... Prime Minister (uncredited)
James Robbins ... Lt. Fisher (uncredited)
Norman Thomson ... Captain Edmunds (uncredited)
Hiroshi Yamato ... The Shogun (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
Charles Grayson (screenplay)

Ellis St. Joseph (story)

Nigel Balchin  revised dialogue (uncredited)
James Edward Grant  uncredited
Alfred Hayes  revised dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Eugene Frenke .... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Don Greenwood Jr. 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (as Webb Overlander)
Ben Nye .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Helen Turpin .... hair styles supervisor (uncredited)
Haruhiko Yamada .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
Joseph Lenzi .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph E. Markarof .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Salamunovich .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Tatsumi Toda .... assistant: art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
W.D. Flick .... sound
William Buffinger .... recordist (uncredited)
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Walter Rossi .... sound editor (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Fitchman .... grip (uncredited)
Til Gabani .... camera operator (uncredited)
Arthur Gerstle .... camera assistant (uncredited)
William Huffman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bob Landry .... special photographer (uncredited)
Scotty McEwin .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Hiroshi Mori .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Vogel .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Wise .... head electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe director (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant (uncredited)
Music Department
George Adams .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Mitsuo Hirotsu .... technical supervisor
Minoru Inuzuka .... dialogue coach
Kisaku Itô .... technical art advisor (as Kisaku Itoh)
Teinosuke Kinugasa .... script supervisor
Paul Nakaoka .... assistant to producer
Kampo Yoshikawa .... technical advisor: Japan
Angela Allen .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John Campbell .... publicist (uncredited)
Ken Ishii .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Tony Kuroda .... interpreter (uncredited)
Joe Shinomiya .... interpreter (uncredited)
Burt Steiner .... dialogue director: retakes (uncredited)

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Marlon Brando was considered for the lead role.See more »
Factual errors: When the infected sailors abandon ship and swim ashore, the locals assist them out of the water despite Harris' warnings not to touch them. The natives thereupon all get sick as the disease sweeps through the town, but cholera is rarely spread directly from person to person. The most common method of infection is ingesting tainted food or water.See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Totally bizarre casting, but it's still very watchable, 5 July 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In THE BARBARIAN AND THE GEISHA, John Wayne plays Townsend Harris, a real envoy from the United States who was responsible for truly opening up Japan to International relations in the late 1850s. Before him, Commodore Perry basically pushed into Japan with gunboats and forced a treaty upon the Japanese in 1853. Harris, who arrived just a bit later, worked through the details and helped ensure compliance--as many of the Japanese felt no particular inclination to honor the first treaty. All this is true and shown in the film. According to some other sources I found, the romance between Harris and a Japanese Geisha is mostly fiction and this romance is much of the focus of this film (hence, the title).

My first reaction the first time I saw this movie was one of surprise. John Wayne as a diplomat?! When he's being diplomatic in most films, he says please and thank you as he pummels people!!!! So seeing him playing a man who is NOT a man of action and is able to play the diplomatic game seemed very odd indeed. In fact, I can't think of too many actors in 1958 who would have been more unusual for this role. By the way, I've seen photos of Harris and Wayne has practically no resemblance to him at all.

However, despite the story taking a lot of liberties with the truth and the strange casting, the film is still very watchable. The color cinematography is nice, the film shows some nice insights into Japanese customs and culture and the acting isn't bad. All in all, a likable and watchable film despite it's odd casting.

PS--Read through the trivia for this film. You find out a bit more about the real life characters as well as a supposed fight between Wayne and the director (John Huston) where Wayne apparently knocked him out!! Based on what I've read about Huston and the way he got along with actors, this is an incident I tend to believe. And, it's also a nice example of John Wayne "diplomacy".

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