Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 31

The Encounter (1 May 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Encounter (original title)

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A man, Fenton, is cleaning out his attic when a Japanese gardener, Arthur Takamori, stops by asking if he would like his grass cut. Fenton invites him up for a beer but having served in the... See full summary »



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Arthur Takamori / Taro


A man, Fenton, is cleaning out his attic when a Japanese gardener, Arthur Takamori, stops by asking if he would like his grass cut. Fenton invites him up for a beer but having served in the Pacific during World War II isn't quite sure what to make of his visitor. He has his prejudices but wavers as Arthur says he was born in the USA and is no different than any other American. As they discuss their pasts, it's revealed that both men have lied and are haunted by what happened to them. Written by garykmcd

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1 May 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode has never been rerun in the United States due to complaints from Japanese-Americans. They felt that it was offensive that George Takei's character was a Japanese-American whose father helped plan the attack on Pearl Harbor. There is no evidence of any Japanese immigrant committing treason against the U.S. during World War II. This episode is rerun in other countries and is available on DVD in the U.S. See more »


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The Sword Will Avenge Me
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Neville Brand & George Takei play Mr. Fenton & Arthur Takamuri, two men in an attic ostensibly to clean it up, but in reality are playing out the climax of a twenty year-old curse involving a samurai sword that Fenton brought home as a souvenir from World War II, feeling guilty about it, but unable to get rid of. Arthur harbors guilt about his father's involvement at Pearl Harbor, feeling him a traitor. Both men will settle this dispute at a high cost indeed... Controversial episode is seldom aired, which is a shame as it tells a mesmerizing story of guilt and atonement. Both actors are superb, and it all leads to a stunning, thought-provoking end. In serious need of re-appraisal.

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