Barbarian and the Geisha [Blu-ray] [1958]

  • SKU: 6184263
  • Release Date: 11/13/2012
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • Disc 1 - Blu-ray
  • The Barbarian and the Geisha in High Definition
  • Fox Movietone News: Barbarian's Geisha Here For Premiere
  • Fox Movietone News: Barbarian and Geisha Rates Critical Raves
  • Fox Movietone News: Paris and Milan Premieres
  • Fox Movietone News: Milan Premiere
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery


The Barbarian and the Geisha
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

Cast & Crew

  • John Wayne
    John Wayne - Townsend Harris
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    Eiko Ando - Okichi
  • Sam Jaffe
    Sam Jaffe - Henry Heusken
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    So Yamamura - Tamura
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    Norman Thomson - Ship Captain Edmunds

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not your typical Wayne affair

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    This movie is a very different vehicle for John Wayne. Like most of you, I was mainly familiar with his Western work, the bulk of his cinema output. This movie is so far from that demographic, it would need 2 buses and a train just to get back there. That being said the film isn't bad. John Wayne isn't exactly believable as a US Diplomat to reclusive Japan but since Wayne always played Wayne it could've been a lot worse. Some of the island scenery is well shot but don't go into the film expecting any lawman jargon, bar fights or cattle rustlers. It's quite boring in plot, is basically a love story between a Geisha hired to spy on Wayne and himself. For novelty's sake alone, it's worth checking out for 1 of the few non-John Wayne roles he ever did that's out on Blu-ray.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DVD Beauty and the Beast

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have almost 2 dozen of John Wayne's best movies and this one I added to the list. One of his best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    John Wayne Collection

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Saw this in blue ray and decided to added to my collection. I'm a big fan of The Duke.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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