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This review is from: The Barbarian And The Geisha [DVD] (DVD)
This film was poorly received at the time,is still largely under-rated,and was the cause of great friction between director Huston and star Wayne who had entirely differing views on the staging of the story.The result is flawed,but interesting.The film is visually beautiful and the contrast in the acting styles of beautiful Eiko Ando and the excellent So Yamamura with that of John Wayne works very well. Wayne actually brings dignity and sincerity to some rather stilted writing,uncomfortable though he sometimes looks in the formal costume of the time. Settle down with this film and you may be pleasantly surprised.