A Tokio Siren (1920)

Drama | 14 June 1920

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HISTORY

The 14 Feb 1920 Motion Picture News announced that Universal Film Mfg. Co. had purchased Gwendolyn Logan’s short story, Sayonara, as a screen vehicle for Japanese actress Tsuru Aoki. The 31 Jan 1920 Camera reported the scheduled start of principal photography on 2 Feb 1920. According to the 31 Jan 1920 Motion Picture News, the title was officially changed to A Tokio Siren because no one involved in the project could correctly pronounce “sayonara” except the lead actress. Weeks later, the 21 Feb 1920 Camera stated that production was currently underway, although the 28 Feb 1920 Motion Picture News claimed that it had only begun within the past seven days. The 21 Feb 1920 issue noted that the story was set in San Francisco, CA, and Tokyo, Japan. However, no location shooting was indicated. A chart in the 27 Mar 1920 Camera confirmed the end of production. The 3 Apr 1920 Motion Picture News revealed that final scenes were filmed on the island of Catalina, off the Southern California coast. The 27 Mar 1920 Moving Picture World announced that the film completed Tsuru Aoki’s contractual obligation to Universal. She returned to Japan shortly after.
       A Tokio Siren opened 14 Jun 1920, and received a positive review in the 10 Jul 1920 Moving Picture World. ... More Less

The 14 Feb 1920 Motion Picture News announced that Universal Film Mfg. Co. had purchased Gwendolyn Logan’s short story, Sayonara, as a screen vehicle for Japanese actress Tsuru Aoki. The 31 Jan 1920 Camera reported the scheduled start of principal photography on 2 Feb 1920. According to the 31 Jan 1920 Motion Picture News, the title was officially changed to A Tokio Siren because no one involved in the project could correctly pronounce “sayonara” except the lead actress. Weeks later, the 21 Feb 1920 Camera stated that production was currently underway, although the 28 Feb 1920 Motion Picture News claimed that it had only begun within the past seven days. The 21 Feb 1920 issue noted that the story was set in San Francisco, CA, and Tokyo, Japan. However, no location shooting was indicated. A chart in the 27 Mar 1920 Camera confirmed the end of production. The 3 Apr 1920 Motion Picture News revealed that final scenes were filmed on the island of Catalina, off the Southern California coast. The 27 Mar 1920 Moving Picture World announced that the film completed Tsuru Aoki’s contractual obligation to Universal. She returned to Japan shortly after.
       A Tokio Siren opened 14 Jun 1920, and received a positive review in the 10 Jul 1920 Moving Picture World.
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DATE
PAGE
Camera
31 Jan 1920
p. 13
Camera
21 Feb 1920
p. 3
Camera
27 Mar 1920
p. 13
Exhibitors Trade Review
26 Jun 1920
p. 386
Motion Picture News
31 Jan 1920
p. 1297
Motion Picture News
14 Feb 1920
p. 1702
Motion Picture News
21 Feb 1920
p. 1948
Motion Picture News
28 Feb 1920
p. 2127
Motion Picture News
3 Apr 1920
p. 3128
Motion Picture News
12 Jun 1920
p. 4807
Motion Picture News
26 Jun 1920
p. 145
Motion Picture News
3 Jul 1920
p. 242
Moving Picture World
27 Mar 1920
p. 2108
Moving Picture World
10 Jul 1920
p. 253
New York Morning Telegraph
6 Jun 1920
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Variety
18 Jun 1920
p. 34
Wid's Daily
13 Jun 1920
p. 11
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Sayonara" by Gwendolyn Logan (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 June 1920
Production Date:
2 Feb--Mar 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
1 June 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15225
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Dr. John Niblock is conducting research in Japan when he is called to revive Asuti Hishuri, who has fainted during her wedding ceremony. Upon learning that Asuti is being forced into a loveless marriage, the chivalrous John offers to marry the girl in name only and take her to America where she can be free. When John and his Japanese bride arrive in San Francisco, California, the doctor's former sweetheart appears heartbroken, and Asuti realizes that she is in love with Ito, her husband's secretary. Asuti stages a love scene between Ito and herself so that her husband may find an excuse for denouncing her. The scheme works, thus making the happiness of all four ... +


Dr. John Niblock is conducting research in Japan when he is called to revive Asuti Hishuri, who has fainted during her wedding ceremony. Upon learning that Asuti is being forced into a loveless marriage, the chivalrous John offers to marry the girl in name only and take her to America where she can be free. When John and his Japanese bride arrive in San Francisco, California, the doctor's former sweetheart appears heartbroken, and Asuti realizes that she is in love with Ito, her husband's secretary. Asuti stages a love scene between Ito and herself so that her husband may find an excuse for denouncing her. The scheme works, thus making the happiness of all four possible. +

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