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List of Sessue Hayakawa Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Man Beneath (1919)
13
3
The Man Beneath
13
3
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Dr. Chindi Ashutor
Director:
William Worthington
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Helen Jerome Eddy, John Gilbert, Fontaine La Rue, Pauline Curley
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
13
3
The Bridge on the River Kwai
13
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Colonel Saito
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, War
Star Cast:
Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, James Donald
3. Three Came Home (1950)
12
2
Three Came Home
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Colonel Suga
Director:
Jean Negulesco
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Claudette Colbert, Florence Desmond, Patric Knowles, Sylvia Andrew
4. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
11
2
Swiss Family Robinson
G
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Kuala - Pirate Chief
Director:
Ken Annakin
Genres:
Family, Adventure
Star Cast:
Dorothy McGuire, Sir John Mills, John Mills, James MacArthur, Janet Munro
5. Hell to Eternity (1960)
12
2
Hell to Eternity
12
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. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Phil Karlson
Genres:
Biography, Drama, War
Star Cast:
George Takei, Jeffrey Hunter, Vic Damone, Richard Eyer
6. The Last of the Line (1914)
11
2
The Last of the Line
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tiah - Gray Otter's Son
Director:
Jay Hunt
Genres:
Western, Short, Drama
Star Cast:
Gladys Brockwell, Joe Goodboy, Tsuru Aoki, Stanely Bigham
7. House of Bamboo (1955)
11
2
House of Bamboo
TV-PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Samuel Fuller
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Star Cast:
Robert Stack, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Shirley Yamaguchi
8. Gambling Hell (1942)
11
2
Gambling Hell
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ying Tchaï
Director:
Jean Delannoy
Genres:
Adventure, Drama
Star Cast:
Erich von Stroheim, Henri Guisol, Mireille Balin, Louise Carletti
9. The Cheat (1937)
10
2
The Cheat
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Prince Hu-Long
Director:
Marcel L'Herbier
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Victor Francen, Louis Jouvet, Lise Delamare, Lucas Gridoux
10. The Cheat (1915)
10
2
The Cheat
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Hishuru Tori (original release) / Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Fannie Ward, Jack Dean, James Neill, Yutaka Abe
11. Yoshiwara (1937)
10
2
Yoshiwara
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ysamo, Kuli
Director:
Max Ophüls
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Roland Toutain, Pierre Richard-Willm, Lucienne Le Marchand, Michiko Tanaka
12. The Secret Game (1917)
10
2
The Secret Game
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nara-Nara
Director:
William C. de Mille
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Mayme Kelso, Raymond Hatton, Jack Holt, Florence Vidor
13. The Geisha Boy (1958)
10
2
The Geisha Boy
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Sikita
Director:
Frank Tashlin
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Jerry Lewis, Suzanne Pleshette, Barton MacLane, Marie McDonald
14. The Tong Man (1919)
10
2
The Tong Man
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Luk Chen
Director:
William Worthington
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Yutaka Abe, Helen Jerome Eddy, Marc Roberts, Toyo Fujita
15. Tokyo Joe (1949)
10
2
Tokyo Joe
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Baron Kimura
Director:
Stuart Heisler
Genres:
Drama, Film-Noir, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Humphrey Bogart, Jerome Courtland, Alexander Knox, Florence Marly
16. The Dragon Painter (1919)
10
2
The Dragon Painter
TV-PG
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tatsu - the Dragon Painter
Director:
William Worthington
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Edward Peil Sr., Tsuru Aoki, Toyo Fujita
17. Atarashiki tsuchi (1937)
10
2
Atarashiki tsuchi
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Iwao Yamato
Director:
Arnold Fanck, Mansaku Itami
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Setsuko Hara, Isamu Kosugi, Yuriko Hanabusa, Ruth Eweler
18. Daughter of the Dragon (1931)
10
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.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ah Kee
Director:
Lloyd Corrigan
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Bramwell Fletcher, Frances Dade
19. The Wrath of the Gods (1914)
9
2
The Wrath of the Gods
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Lord Yamaki
Director:
Reginald Barker
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Frank Borzage, Kisaburô Kurihara, Tsuru Aoki, Henry Kotani
21. An Arabian Knight (1920)
8
2
An Arabian Knight
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ahmed
Director:
Charles Swickard
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Lillian Hall, Jean Acker, Marie Pavis, Elaine Inescourt
22. Running Hollywood (1932)
7
1
Running Hollywood
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Charles Lamont
Genres:
Short, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ginger Rogers, John Wayne, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Arthur Lake, Sally Blane
23. The Battle (1923)
12
2
The Battle
12
2
As:
Cast, Director
Role:
Le Marquis Yorisaka
Director:
Sessue Hayakawa, Édouard-Émile Violet
Star Cast:
Gina Palerme, Jean Dax, Tsuru Aoki, Félix Ford
24. O Mimi San (1914)
10
2
O Mimi San
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Yorotomo
Director:
Charles Miller
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Kisaburô Kurihara, Tsuru Aoki, Chick Morrison, George Osborne
25. The Typhoon (1914)
9
2
The Typhoon
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tokorama
Director:
Reginald Barker
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gladys Brockwell, Frank Borzage, Henry Kotani, Leona Hutton
26. His Birthright (1918)
9
2
His Birthright
9
2
As:
Cast, Producer, Writer
Role:
Yukio
Director:
William Worthington
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Tsuru Aoki, Howard Davies, Marin Sais, Mary Anderson
27. Alien Souls (1916)
9
2
Alien Souls
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sakata
Director:
Frank Reicher
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Earle Foxe, Tsuru Aoki, Grace Benham, J. Parks Jones
28. The Victoria Cross (1916)
7
2
The Victoria Cross
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Azimoolah
Director:
Edward LeSaint
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Lou Tellegen, Mabel Van Buren, Ernest Joy, Cleo Ridgely
29. After Five (1915)
6
1
After Five
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Oki - the Valet
Director:
Cecil B. DeMille, Oscar Apfel
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller
Star Cast:
Edward Abeles, Theodore Roberts, Jane Darwell, Betty Schade

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.

As:
Cast
Role:
The Mole (voice)
Director:
Jules Bass
Genres:
Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Animation, Musical
Star Cast:
Hayley Mills, Victor Borge, Tallulah Bankhead, Patty Duke

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