The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)





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John Wayne's only collaboration with director John Huston turned out to be a major career misstep for both men. Barbarian and the Geisha is the true story of Townsend Harris (Wayne), who in 1856 was appointed the first American consul to Japan. Headquartered in Shimoda, Harris discovers that the Japanese thoroughly mistrust the Americans (and, as it turned out, not without reason). It's an uphill climb, but Harris gradually earns the respect of the local power brokers-and in so doing, is permitted to enter the city of Tokyo. Geisha girl Eiko Ando, originally sent to thwart Harris' mission, falls in love with him and protects him from harm. Though running only 104 minutes, the film seems to drag on for eons. Filmed on location, The Barbarian and the Geisha is consistently good to look at, but the discomfort of both star Wayne and director Huston is painfully obvious in every frame. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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John Wayne
as Townsend Harris
Sam Jaffe
as Henry Heusken
Eiko Ando
as Okichi
Sô Yamamura
as Governor Tamura
Norman Thomson
as Ship Captain
James Robbins
as Lt. Fisher
as Prime Minister
Hiroshi Yamato
as The Shogun
Fuji Kasai
as Lord Hotta
Takeshi Kumagai
as Chamberlain
Fuju Kasai
as Lord Hotta
Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita
as Prime Minister
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Critic Reviews for The Barbarian and the Geisha

All Critics (3)

Sincere, devout, expensive-looking and in result quite dreadful; attempting realism and achieving only the pastel prettiness of a badly-printed picture book.

July 17, 2018 | Full Review…

One of John Wayne's worst and most embarrassing films, in which he is totally miscast and misdirected by Johnn Huston.

March 22, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Never seems fluid.

March 1, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Barbarian and the Geisha

The only John Wayne show I didn't think was great.

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