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The Barbarian and the Geisha

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Release Year: 1958
MPAA Rating: NR
Genre: Historical Drama

On the eve of the Meiji Restoration, Japan is still a nation thoroughly mistrustful of Western influence. The U.S. government dispatches Townsend Harris to the port village of Shimoda to serve as U.S. consul to Japan. There Harris and his interpreter, Henry Heusken, meet resistance from the locals, who refuse to recognize his diplomatic status. Eventually Harris meets lovely geisha Okichi, who helps him bridge the cultural divide.

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