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List of Sessue Hayakawa Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Man Beneath (1919)
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3
The Man Beneath
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3
Role:
Dr. Chindi Ashutor
Starring:
Helen Jerome Eddy, John Gilbert, Fontaine La Rue, Pauline Curley
Directed By:
William Worthington
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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3
The Bridge on the River Kwai
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3

After Japanese commandant Colonel Saito orders British POWs to build a railway bridge over the River Kwai, senior British officer Colonel Nicholson initially opposes illegal use of prisoners but later convinces fellow soldiers against delay-tactics in order to prove British superiority. Meanwhile, escaped US commander Shears is forced to join a four-man commando mission to destroy the bridge.

Role:
Colonel Saito
Starring:
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, James Donald
Directed By:
3. Three Came Home (1950)
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2
Three Came Home
12
2
Role:
Colonel Suga
Starring:
Claudette Colbert, Florence Desmond, Patric Knowles, Sylvia Andrew
Directed By:
Jean Negulesco
4. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
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2
Swiss Family Robinson
G
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2

Based on the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson, this adventure film tells the story of a Swiss family, a father, mother and three sons, who are relocating to a colony in New Guinea. However, they are chased by pirates and soon, their ship faces a storm, after which the crew abandons it, leaving the family on board. They soon find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island, after the ship is destroyed.    

Role:
Kuala - Pirate Chief
Starring:
Dorothy McGuire, Sir John Mills, John Mills, James MacArthur, Janet Munro
Directed By:
Ken Annakin
5. Hell to Eternity (1960)
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2
Hell to Eternity
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2

The film is based on the true experiences of Marine hero Pfc. Guy Gabaldon. Orphaned at an early age and raised by a Japanese-American family, he becomes fluent in Japanese and joins the US military as a translator during the WWII. When fight erupts at Saipan, he remembers his foster family and convinces Japanese soldiers to surrender, thus saving many lives on both sides. 

Starring:
George Takei, Jeffrey Hunter, Vic Damone, Richard Eyer
Directed By:
Phil Karlson
6. House of Bamboo (1955)
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2
House of Bamboo
TV-PG
12
2
Starring:
Robert Stack, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Shirley Yamaguchi
Directed By:
Samuel Fuller
7. Gambling Hell (1942)
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2
Gambling Hell
11
2

A captain rescues a woman from danger, and she accompanies him to Macao. His objective is to make an arms deal with the Asian proprietor of a gambling den.

Role:
Ying Tchaï
Starring:
Erich von Stroheim, Henri Guisol, Mireille Balin, Louise Carletti
Directed By:
Jean Delannoy
8. The Last of the Line (1914)
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3
The Last of the Line
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3
Role:
Tiah - Gray Otter's Son
Starring:
Gladys Brockwell, Joe Goodboy, Tsuru Aoki, Stanely Bigham
Directed By:
Jay Hunt
9. The Cheat (1937)
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2
The Cheat
11
2
Role:
Prince Hu-Long
Starring:
Victor Francen, Louis Jouvet, Lise Delamare, Lucas Gridoux
Directed By:
Marcel L'Herbier
10. The Cheat (1915)
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2
The Cheat
10
2
Role:
Hishuru Tori (original release) / Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
Starring:
Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, James Neill, Yutaka Abe
Directed By:
11. Yoshiwara (1937)
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2
Yoshiwara
10
2
Role:
Ysamo, Kuli
Starring:
Roland Toutain, Pierre Richard-Willm, Lucienne Le Marchand, Michiko Tanaka
Directed By:
Max Ophüls
12. The Secret Game (1917)
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2
The Secret Game
10
2
Role:
Nara-Nara
Starring:
Mayme Kelso, Raymond Hatton, Jack Holt, Florence Vidor
Directed By:
William C. de Mille
13. The Geisha Boy (1958)
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2
The Geisha Boy
11
2
Role:
Mr. Sikita
Starring:
Jerry Lewis, Suzanne Pleshette, Barton MacLane, Marie McDonald
Directed By:
Frank Tashlin
14. The Tong Man (1919)
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2
The Tong Man
10
2
Role:
Luk Chen
Starring:
Yutaka Abe, Helen Jerome Eddy, Marc Roberts, Toyo Fujita
Directed By:
William Worthington
15. Tokyo Joe (1949)
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2
Tokyo Joe
11
2
Role:
Baron Kimura
Starring:
Humphrey Bogart, Jerome Courtland, Alexander Knox, Florence Marly
Directed By:
Stuart Heisler
16. The Dragon Painter (1919)
10
2
The Dragon Painter
TV-PG
10
2
Role:
Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
Starring:
Edward Peil Sr., Tsuru Aoki, Toyo Fujita
Directed By:
William Worthington
17. Atarashiki tsuchi (1937)
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2
Atarashiki tsuchi
10
2
Role:
Iwao Yamato
Starring:
Setsuko Hara, Isamu Kosugi, Yuriko Hanabusa, Ruth Eweler
Directed By:
Arnold Fanck, Mansaku Itami
18. Daughter of the Dragon (1931)
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2
Daughter of the Dragon
10
2

Princess Ling Moy is a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat who lives near Dr Fu Manchu, a brilliant evil genius, who is out to rule the world. However, she is unaware of the fact that he is actually her father. Meanwhile, she is dating a handsome young man, who is a secret agent, aiming to stop the heinous plans of Fu Manchu.

Role:
Ah Kee
Starring:
Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Bramwell Fletcher, Frances Dade
Directed By:
Lloyd Corrigan
19. The Wrath of the Gods (1914)
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2
The Wrath of the Gods
9
2
Role:
Lord Yamaki
Starring:
Frank Borzage, Kisaburô Kurihara, Tsuru Aoki, Henry Kotani
Directed By:
Reginald Barker
20. Green Mansions (1959)
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2
Green Mansions
9
2
Role:
Runi
Starring:
Anthony Perkins, Audrey Hepburn, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Silva
Directed By:
21. An Arabian Knight (1920)
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2
An Arabian Knight
8
2
Role:
Ahmed
Starring:
Lillian Hall, Jean Acker, Marie Pavis, Elaine Inescourt
Directed By:
Charles Swickard
22. Running Hollywood (1932)
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1
Running Hollywood
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1
Starring:
Ginger Rogers, John Wayne, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Arthur Lake, Sally Blane
Directed By:
Charles Lamont
23. The Battle (1923)
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2
The Battle
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2
Role:
Le Marquis Yorisaka
Starring:
Gina Palerme, Jean Dax, Tsuru Aoki, Félix Ford
Directed By:
Sessue Hayakawa, Édouard-Émile Violet
24. O Mimi San (1914)
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2
O Mimi San
10
2
Role:
Yorotomo
Starring:
Kisaburô Kurihara, Tsuru Aoki, Chick Morrison, George Osborne
Directed By:
Charles Miller
25. The Typhoon (1914)
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2
The Typhoon
9
2
Role:
Tokorama
Starring:
Gladys Brockwell, Frank Borzage, Henry Kotani, Leona Hutton
Directed By:
Reginald Barker
26. His Birthright (1918)
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2
His Birthright
9
2
Role:
Yukio
Starring:
Tsuru Aoki, Howard Davies, Marin Sais, Mary Anderson
Directed By:
William Worthington
27. Alien Souls (1916)
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2
Alien Souls
9
2
Role:
Sakata
Starring:
Earle Foxe, Tsuru Aoki, Grace Benham, J. Parks Jones
Directed By:
Frank Reicher
28. The Victoria Cross (1916)
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2
The Victoria Cross
7
2
Role:
Azimoolah
Starring:
Lou Tellegen, Mabel Van Buren, Ernest Joy, Cleo Ridgely
Directed By:
Edward LeSaint
29. After Five (1915)
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1
After Five
6
1
Role:
Oki - the Valet
Starring:
Edward Abeles, Theodore Roberts, Jane Darwell, Betty Schade
Directed By:
Cecil B. DeMille, Oscar Apfel

Animation(s)

The Daydreamer (1966)
The Daydreamer
Plot:

A teen boy named Hans Christian Andersen, who is the son of a poor shoemaker, spends his time in daydreams instead of studying at school. Eventually, he runs away from home, and whenever he goes into sleep, he starts dreaming of strange adventures.

Role:
The Mole (voice)
Starring:
Hayley Mills, Victor Borge, Tallulah Bankhead, Patty Duke
Directed By:
Jules Bass

TV Shows and Videos

Kraft Television Theatre (1947)
Kraft Television Theatre
Starring:
Inger Stevens, Cloris Leachman, Ed Asner, Ben Gazzara, Bea Arthur, Elaine Stritch, Rod Steiger
Directed By:
William A. Graham, Stanley Quinn, Paul Bogart, Harry Herrmann, Richard Dunlap
The Red Skelton Show (1951)
The Red Skelton Show
TV-G
Starring:
Connie Stevens, Errol Flynn, Tina Louise, Charles Bronson, Petula Clark, Rita Moreno, Peter Lorre
Directed By:
Seymour Berns, Bill Hobin, John Gaunt, Terry Kyne, Martin Rackin
Studio One (1948)
Studio One
Starring:
Leslie Nielsen, James Dean, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Montgomery, Charlton Heston, Lee Marvin, Abe Vigoda
Directed By:
Paul Nickell, Franklin J. Schaffner, Tom Donovan, Allen Reisner, Robert Mulligan
Route 66 (1960)
Route 66
Starring:
Ron Howard, Bruce Dern, Burt Reynolds, Marion Ross, Joan Crawford, Robert Redford, Veronica Cartwright
Directed By:
David Lowell Rich, Arthur Hiller, James Sheldon, Alvin Ganzer, Philip Leacock
Wagon Train (1957)
Wagon Train
Starring:
Barbara Stanwyck, David Carradine, Don Rickles, Bette Davis, Mickey Rooney, Leonard Nimoy, Peter Fonda
Directed By:
Virgil W. Vogel, Joseph Pevney, Jerry Hopper, Allen H. Miner, Herschel Daugherty