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The Buddhist priest wants the Daughter of the Daimyo to become a priestess at the Forbidden Garden. The Daimyo thinks if he were in Europe that his daughter should decide on her own, but he is denunciated and has to commit harakiri. She meets Olaf, a European officer, falls in love and marries him, but after a few months he has to return to Europe. She gives birth to a child and is waiting for him, while he marries in Europe. When he comes back to Japan 4 years later, he is accompanied by his European wife... Written by
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This movie gave us a hint at Lang's breadth of interests. It's a re-telling of Madame Butterfly. Lang has a sure hand as a director, that much is clear. It is a well-composed story, crisply told. Some of the acting is a bit hammy. The use of real props and authentic sets is impressive, particularly considering how much less integrated the world was in 1919.
The story is a moving one and Lang directs it well. Girl meets foreign boy, they have a child and he promises to be back. Things don't end well. All that said, it's worth checking out for fans of Lang, fans of Madame Butterfly, or perhaps those interested in Japanese cultural artifacts. Lang's attention to detail and willingness to sweat the small stuff is beneficial as regards his movie making.
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