The Call of the East (1917)

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

Director:

George Melford (as George H. Melford)

Writers:

Beulah Marie Dix (screenplay), Beulah Marie Dix (story)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Sessue Hayakawa ... Arai Takada
Tsuru Aoki ... O'Mitsu - Arai's Sister
Jack Holt ... Alan Hepburn
Margaret Loomis Margaret Loomis ... Sheila Hepburn
James Cruze ... Janzo
Ernest Joy ... Col. Bassett
Guy Oliver ... Cadger
Jane Wolfe ... Yuri (as Jane Wolff)
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The son of an American businessman, Alan Hepburn, who made his fortune in Japan, resides in Tokyo with his Japanese mistress O'Mitsu. Alan's romance earns the enmity of O'Mitsu's brother Takada, who vows revenge on the American for dishonoring his sister. When Alan's half sister Shelia 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 ... Written by Pamela Short

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Genres:

Drama

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The Call of the East (1917) is a lost silent film. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

15 October 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oeil pour oeil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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