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Born: June 10, 1889, Chikura
Died: November 23, 1973 (age 84), Tokyo
Biography: Sessue Hayakawa was a Japanese and American Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first and remains one of the few Asian actors to find stardom in the United States and Europe.... MORE
Biography: Sessue Hayakawa was a Japanese and American Issei actor who starred in American, Japanese, French, German, and British films. Hayakawa was active at the outset of the American film industry. He was the first and remains one of the few Asian actors to find stardom in the United States and Europe. He is the first Asian American as well as the first Japanese American movie star and the first Asian-American Leading Man. His "broodingly handsome" good looks and typecasting as a sinister villain with sexual dominance made him a heartthrob among American women, and the first male sex symbol of Hollywood, several years in advance of Rudolph Valentino. During those early years, Hayakawa was as well known and as popular as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, although today his name is largely unknown to the public. His popularity, sex appeal, and extravagant lifestyle may have fed tension within segments of American society and led to discriminatory stereotypes and the desexualization of Asian men in American productions, something that continues to today in Modern Hollywood, as exemplified by the controversial character of I.Y. Yunioshi in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Hayakawa refused to adopt the negative stereotypes. He abandoned Hollywood for European cinema and there he was treated equally. Hayakawa's friendships with American actors led him to return to Hollywood. He was one of the highest paid stars of his time, earning $5,000 per week in 1915, and $2 million per year through his own production company during the 1920s. He starred in over eighty movies, and two of his films stand in the U.S. National Film Registry. LESS
Directed by: David LeanWith: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, James Donald, Sessue Hayakawa, Geoffrey HorneClassic story of British POWs in a World War II Japanese prison camp who are forced to build a bridge, which an escapee is determined to prevent from being completed. Winner of 7 Oscars, including Best Picture! -- VideoDetective.com.
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