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Elderly prophet Takeo,, explains a legend to the people of his Japanese village that says that the first male descendant of samurai Lord Yamaki's family is cursed by the gods. Thus, if Yamaki's daughter Toya San marries, the long inactive volcano near their village will erupt. When an American vessel is shipwrecked near the village, sailor Tom Wilson is saved by Yamako. Tom, who falls in love with Toya San, tells the people about the new god more powerful than Buddha and convinces her to marry him. Takeo arrives at the American mission too late to stop the marriage and the volcano erupts. Yamaki and many others are killed, but Tom and Toya San escape to an American ship anchored at the harbor.Written by
An excellent melodrama as Tsuru Aoki marries American sailor Frank Borzage -- a curly-haired fellow before he turned director -- despite a family curse that causes volcanoes to 'empty their bowels' when daughters marry -- apparently no such penalty befalls the men. Sessue Hayakawa, in heavy makeup, is unrecognizable as, indeed, are most of the actors, but director Reginald Barker, about to embark on a course of William S. Hart movies, produces a marvelous set-piece of a lynch mob on the trail of the lovers and the father, who has converted to Christianity, followed, of course, by a volcanic eruption. It all holds your interest expertly and you should not miss a chance to see this one.
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