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The 6 Apr 1918 Motion Picture News reported that filming was currently in progress under the provisional title, The Desire of Tamura. An item in the 15 Jun 1918 Moving Picture News noted that the cast include six unidentified Japanese children. The title had been officially changed to The Bravest Way. As of 11 May 1918, the picture was nearly ready for printing, according to that day’s Motion Picture News. A 16 Jun 1918 release was scheduled, as stated in the 1 Jun 1918 issue.
       Reviews were mixed: While the 15 Jul 1918 Motion Picture News described the film as a lesser effort from lead actor Sessue Hayakawa, the 13 Jul 1918 Exhibitors Herald asserted that it displayed his talents to great ... More Less

The 6 Apr 1918 Motion Picture News reported that filming was currently in progress under the provisional title, The Desire of Tamura. An item in the 15 Jun 1918 Moving Picture News noted that the cast include six unidentified Japanese children. The title had been officially changed to The Bravest Way. As of 11 May 1918, the picture was nearly ready for printing, according to that day’s Motion Picture News. A 16 Jun 1918 release was scheduled, as stated in the 1 Jun 1918 issue.
       Reviews were mixed: While the 15 Jul 1918 Motion Picture News described the film as a lesser effort from lead actor Sessue Hayakawa, the 13 Jul 1918 Exhibitors Herald asserted that it displayed his talents to great advantage.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald
13 Jul 1918
pp. 27-28
Exhibitors Trade Review
11 May 1918
p. 1843
Exhibitors Trade Review
15 Jun 1918
p. 126
Motion Picture News
6 Apr 1918
p. 2035
Motion Picture News
11 May 1918
p. 2864
Motion Picture News
18 May 1918
p. 2971
Motion Picture News
1 Jun 1918
p. 3282
Motion Picture News
15 Jun 1918
p. 3548, 3599
Moving Picture World
15 Jun 1918
p. 1391, 1595, 1615
Moving Picture World
22 Jun 1918
p. 1759
NYDM
15 Jun 1918
p. 852
NYDM
29 Jun 1918
p. 925
Variety
7 Jun 1918
p. 32
Wid's Daily
9 Jun 1918
pp. 23-24
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Desire of Tamura
Release Date:
16 June 1918
Production Date:
April 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 May 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12464
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tamura, a Japanese landscape gardener living in America, is saving to marry his Japanese American sweetheart, Nume Rogers, while his friend, Watana, works for a Japanese merchant named Motoyoshi so that he can bring his wife and children to America. Watana is murdered on the day his wife Sat-Su arrives, and Tamura, having promised to take care of her and the children, marries her, despite his love for Nume. Heartbroken, Nume accepts money from Nason to study voice, but when she debuts successfully, Nason attacks her. Tamura rescues Nume and takes her to visit the dying Sat-Su, who explains Tamura's sacrifice. After Sat-Su's death, Tamura and Nume are ... +


Tamura, a Japanese landscape gardener living in America, is saving to marry his Japanese American sweetheart, Nume Rogers, while his friend, Watana, works for a Japanese merchant named Motoyoshi so that he can bring his wife and children to America. Watana is murdered on the day his wife Sat-Su arrives, and Tamura, having promised to take care of her and the children, marries her, despite his love for Nume. Heartbroken, Nume accepts money from Nason to study voice, but when she debuts successfully, Nason attacks her. Tamura rescues Nume and takes her to visit the dying Sat-Su, who explains Tamura's sacrifice. After Sat-Su's death, Tamura and Nume are reunited. +

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