The Barbarian and the Geisha

Synopsis: Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country. Harris discovers enormous hostility to foreigners, as well as the love of a young geisha.
Director(s): John Huston
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
105 min

Whatever its terms...

the treaty was made under the threat

of Commodore Perry's guns.

Such a treaty has no virtue.

Have you forgotten

why Commodore Perry came?

Because shipwrecked sailors

were being beheaded...

and because no ship could put in

to a Japanese port, even for water.

We only wish to be left alone.

Your Excellency, your country stands

at the crossroads of the world.

From both East and West, men are finding

an ever-increasing need for those roads.

Lf, in your desire for isolation...

you refuse to make them safe

for peaceful traffic...

the world will treat Japan

as it would treat a band of brigands...

infesting a highway.

A true Japanese would rather see

his country perish in flames...

and perish with it

than see it corrupted by foreigners...

and slowly rot.

Your Excellency,

there are fanatics in every country.

But if the majority of your government

were not reasonable men...

I should not be here.

And in hope that it will meet their eyes...

I hereby hand you an official letter...

for transmission

to His Highness the Shogun...

respectfully requesting that my position

as Consul shall be confirmed.

Tamura was troubled.

He had communicated with Edo.

In the capital there was much indecision...

between those who wanted Japan opened

to other countries...

and those who were against it.

Finally, a message arrived.

Until a decision was reached...

Tamura was instructed to continue

keeping Harris-san in Shimoda.

Happy, if possible.

- Salt pork again?

- It's all Sam has left, sir.

Our friend Tamura has seen to that.

Pardon me for asking, Mr. Harris, but...

do you have an enemy in your

State Department keeping you here?

Quite to the contrary.

Getting this post was a great honor.

And sitting before you, Henry,

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Charles Elbert Grayson (July 24, 1910 - May 17, 2009) was an archer, bowyer, archery collector, and author. His archery collection is contained in the University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology. more…

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