The Curse of Iku (1918)

Drama | 1 March 1918

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HISTORY

The 28 Apr 1917 Motion Picture News announced that the Essanay Company and director Frank Borzage had completed a "seven or eight-reel Japanese story."
       This film was copyrighted under the title Ashes of Desire in 1919. It was released under that title to the state rights market in mid-1920 in a six-reel version by Wilk and Wilk of New York. In the 1920 version, the location of the first part of the story was the Malaysian coast rather than Japan. The character played by Tsuru Aoki was called "Ka Sih," her brother was called "Hamba Tuan," and the character originally called "Yori" was called "Bin Tang." The 1920 version was presented by Frank J. Smith. According to modern sources, Catherine Carr wrote the ... More Less

The 28 Apr 1917 Motion Picture News announced that the Essanay Company and director Frank Borzage had completed a "seven or eight-reel Japanese story."
       This film was copyrighted under the title Ashes of Desire in 1919. It was released under that title to the state rights market in mid-1920 in a six-reel version by Wilk and Wilk of New York. In the 1920 version, the location of the first part of the story was the Malaysian coast rather than Japan. The character played by Tsuru Aoki was called "Ka Sih," her brother was called "Hamba Tuan," and the character originally called "Yori" was called "Bin Tang." The 1920 version was presented by Frank J. Smith. According to modern sources, Catherine Carr wrote the scenario. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Mar 1918
p. 1309.
Exhibitors Trade Review
4 Sep 1920
p. 1512.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1920.
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Motion Picture News
28 Apr 1917
p. 2679.
Motion Picture News
1 Feb 1918
p. 43.
Variety
22 Mar 1918
p. 49.
Wid's
28 Mar 1918
p. 1040.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Perfection Pictures
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Ashes of Desire
Release Date:
1 March 1918
Production Date:
ended April 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
1 August 1919
Copyright Number:
LP14560
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In nineteenth-century Japan, Allan Carroll, an American sailor, is shipwrecked and taken in by the kindly Yori. Prince Iku, who has all foreigners trespassing on Japanese soil killed, sends his sister Omi San to investigate, and she falls in love with Allan. Iku seizes Allan and Yori, but Allan manages to kill Iku and escape to America. Fifty years later, Iku, III is sent to America and works in a home where Allan Carroll, III is a guest. To avenge his grandfather's death, Iku kidnaps Allan's fiancée, Virginia, and flees to Japan. With the help of a gang of American sailors, Allan kills Iku and recovers Virginia, but the aged Omi San is also killed in the ... +


In nineteenth-century Japan, Allan Carroll, an American sailor, is shipwrecked and taken in by the kindly Yori. Prince Iku, who has all foreigners trespassing on Japanese soil killed, sends his sister Omi San to investigate, and she falls in love with Allan. Iku seizes Allan and Yori, but Allan manages to kill Iku and escape to America. Fifty years later, Iku, III is sent to America and works in a home where Allan Carroll, III is a guest. To avenge his grandfather's death, Iku kidnaps Allan's fiancée, Virginia, and flees to Japan. With the help of a gang of American sailors, Allan kills Iku and recovers Virginia, but the aged Omi San is also killed in the battle. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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