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Kintaro Hayakawa (June 10, 1889 – November 23, 1973), known professionally as Sessue Hayakawa, was a Japanese actor. He was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood during the silent film era of the 1910s and 1920s. Hayakawa was the first actor of Asian descent to achieve stardom as a leading man in the United States and Europe. His "broodingly handsome"[2] good looks and typecasting as a sexually dominant villain made him a heartthrob among American women during a time of racial discrimination, and he became one of the first male sex symbols of Hollywood.[3][4][5] After being expelled from the Japanese naval academy and surviving a suicide attempt at 18, Hayakawa attended the University of Chicago, where he studied political economics and quarterbacked the school's football team. Upon graduating, he traveled to Los Angeles in order to board a scheduled boat back to Japan, but decided to try out acting in Little Tokyo. There, Hayakawa impressed Hollywood figures and was signed on to star in The Typhoon (1914). He made his breakthrough in The Cheat (1915), and thereafter became famous for his roles as a forbidden lover. Hayakawa was one of the highest paid stars of his time, earning $5,000 per week in 1915, and $2 million per year through his own production company from 1918 to 1921.[6] Hayakawa's popularity and sex appeal ("his most rabid fan base was white women")[7] unsettled many segments of American society which were filled with feelings of the Yellow Peril. With multiple World Wars taking place throughout his career, and rising anti-Asian sentiment in the United States, the types of roles that he usually played were gradually "taken over by other actors who were not as threatening as Hayakawa in terms of race and sex".[8] Hayakawa left Hollywood in 1922 and worked in Japanese and European cinema for many years before making his Hollywood comeback in Tokyo
Tokyo
Joe (1949). Of his talkies, Hayakawa is probably best known for his role as Colonel Saito in The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957), for which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Hayakawa starred in over 80 feature films, and two of his films (The Cheat and The Bridge on the River Kwai) stand in the United States National Film Registry.

Contents

1 Early life and career 2 Stardom 3 Later career 4 Racial barriers 5 Personal life 6 Death and legacy 7 Filmography 8 See also 9 References 10 Bibliography 11 Documentary films 12 External links

Early life and career[edit]

Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
in c. 1918

Hayakawa was born Kintaro Hayakawa (早川 金太郎, Hayakawa Kintarō) in the village of Nanaura, now part of a town called Chikura, in the city of Minamibōsō
Minamibōsō
in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on June 10, 1889.[9][10][11] From an early age, Hayakawa's family intended him to become an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. However, while a student at the naval academy in Etajima, he swam to the bottom of a lagoon (he grew up in a shellfish diving community) on a dare and ruptured his eardrum. The injury caused him to fail the navy physical. His father felt shame and embarrassment by his son's failure and this drove a wedge between them. The strained relationship drove the 18-year-old Hayakawa to attempt seppuku (ritual suicide).[10] One evening, Hayakawa entered a shed on his parents' property and prepared the venue. He put his dog outside and attempted to uphold his family's samurai tradition by stabbing himself more than 30 times in the abdomen. The barking dog brought Hayakawa's parents to the scene and his father used an axe to break down the door, saving his life.[12] After he recovered from the suicide attempt, Hayakawa began to study political economics at the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
to fulfill his family's new wish that he become a banker. While a student, he played quarterback for the football team and was once penalized for using jujitsu to bring down an opponent.[12][13][14] Hayakawa graduated from the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
in 1912, and subsequently made plans to return to Japan.[15] He traveled to Los Angeles and awaited a transpacific steamship. During his stay, he discovered the Japanese Theatre in Little Tokyo
Tokyo
and became fascinated with acting and performing plays. It was around this time that Hayakawa first assumed the stage name Sessue (雪洲, Sesshū), meaning "snowy field" (雪 means "snow" and 洲 means "north field").[6][16] One of the productions in which Hayakawa performed was called The Typhoon. Tsuru Aoki, a member of the acting troupe, was so impressed with Hayakawa's abilities and enthusiasm that she enticed film producer Thomas H. Ince
Thomas H. Ince
to see the play.[10] Ince saw the production and offered to turn it into a silent film with the original cast. Anxious to return to Japan, Hayakawa tried to dissuade Ince by requesting the then-astronomic fee of $500 a week, but Ince agreed to his request.[6] The Typhoon (1914) became an instant hit and was followed by two additional pictures produced by Ince, The Wrath of the Gods (1914) co-starring Hayakawa's new wife, Aoki, and The Sacrifice (1914). With Hayakawa's rising stardom, Jesse L. Lasky
Jesse L. Lasky
soon offered Hayakawa a contract, which he accepted, making him part of Famous Players-Lasky (now Paramount Pictures).[6][17][18] Stardom[edit]

"White women were willing to give themselves to a Japanese man. ... When Sessue was getting out of his limousine in front of a theater of a premiere showing, he grimaced a little because there was a puddle. Then, dozens of female fans surrounding his car fell over one another to spread their fur coats at his feet."

—a celebrity photographer in early 1900s Los Angeles[19]

Hayakawa's second film for Famous Players-Lasky
Famous Players-Lasky
was The Cheat (1915), directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The Cheat co-starred Fannie Ward
Fannie Ward
as Hayakawa's love interest and was a huge success, making Hayakawa a romantic idol and sex symbol to the female movie-going public.[3][4][5] With his popularity and "broodingly handsome"[2][20] good looks, Hayakawa commanded a salary that reached over $5,000 a week in 1915. In 1917, he built his residence, a castle-styled mansion, at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Argyle Street in Hollywood, which was a local landmark until it was demolished in 1956.[6] Following The Cheat, Hayakawa became a top leading man for romantic dramas in the 1910s and early 1920s.[21][22] He also diversified his body of work with Westerns
Westerns
and action films.[17] Sought after for roles, but dissatisfied with being constantly typecast, Hayakawa decided to form his own production company.[10] He borrowed $1 million from William Joseph Connery—a former classmate at the University of Chicago and son of James Patrick Connery, who in turn was a former business partner of Will H. Hays
Will H. Hays
of the Teapot Dome Scandal—and formed Haworth Pictures Corporation in 1918.[17] Over the next three years, Hayakawa produced 23 films and earned $2 million a year. Hayakawa had total control over his material; he produced, starred in, and contributed to the design, writing, editing, and directing of the films, which were highly influential in the American public's perception of Asians. Critics hailed Hayakawa's understated, Zen-influenced acting style. Hayakawa sought to bring muga, or the "absence of doing", to his performances, in direct contrast to the then-popular studied poses and broad gestures. He was one of the first stars to do so.[6] In 1918, Hayakawa personally chose the American serial actress Marin Sais to appear opposite him in a series of films, the first being the racial drama The City of Dim Faces
The City of Dim Faces
(1918), followed by His Birthright (1918), which also starred Aoki. His collaboration with Sais ended with Bonds of Honor
Bonds of Honor
(1919). Hayakawa also appeared opposite Jane Novak in The Temple of Dusk
The Temple of Dusk
(1918) and Aoki in The Dragon Painter
The Dragon Painter
(1919). He became one of the highest paid stars of the era, earning $2 million per year through his production company from 1918 to 1921.[6] Hayakawa's fame rivaled that of Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
and Douglas Fairbanks. Hayakawa drove a gold plated Pierce-Arrow
Pierce-Arrow
and entertained lavishly in his "Castle", which was known as the scene of some of Hollywood's wildest parties. Shortly before Prohibition took effect in 1920, he bought a large supply of liquor, leading him to joke that he owed his social success to his liquor supply. During this period, Hayakawa lost $1 million during a single evening gambling in Monte Carlo, and shrugged off the loss.[23] Hayakawa left Hollywood in 1922.[24][25] The next decade and a half saw him perform in Japanese and European cinema. In London, Hayakawa starred in The Great Prince Shan (1924) and The Story of Su (1924). In 1925, he wrote a novel, The Bandit Prince, and adapted it into a short play. In 1930, Hayakawa performed in Samurai, a one-act play written specifically for him, in front of Great Britain's King George V and Queen Mary. Hayakawa became widely known in France, where audiences "enthusiastically embraced" him and made his French debut, La Bataille (1923), a critical and financial success.[26] German audiences found Hayakawa "sensational" and in Russia he was considered one of the "wonderful actors" of America.[27] In addition to numerous Japanese films, Hayakawa also produced a Japanese-language stage version of The Three Musketeers.[23] In the initial decades of his career, Hayakawa established himself as the first leading man of Asian descent in American and European cinema.[28][29][30] He was also the first non-Caucasian actor to achieve international stardom.[31] Later career[edit] Hayakawa later transitioned into doing talkies; his sound film debut came in Daughter of the Dragon
Daughter of the Dragon
(1931), starring opposite Chinese American performer Anna May Wong. Hayakawa played a Samurai
Samurai
in the German-Japanese co-production The Daughter of the Samurai
Samurai
(1937). The same year, Hayakawa went to France to perform in Yoshiwara (1937), but ended up trapped in the country and separated from his family when the German occupation of France began in 1940. Hayakawa made few films in the following years, but financially supported himself by selling his watercolor paintings. He joined the French Resistance
French Resistance
and helped Allied flyers during World War
World War
II.[23] In 1949, Humphrey Bogart's production company located Hayakawa and offered him a role in Tokyo
Tokyo
Joe. Before issuing a work permit, the American Consulate investigated Hayakawa's activities during the war and found that he had in no way contributed to the German war effort. Hayakawa followed Tokyo
Tokyo
Joe with Three Came Home
Three Came Home
(1950), in which he played real-life POW camp commander Lieutenant-Colonel Suga, before returning to France.[23] After the war, Hayakawa's on-screen roles can best be described as the honorable villain, a figure exemplified by his portrayal of Colonel Saito in The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
(1957). The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Hayakawa earned a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor; he was also nominated for a Golden Globe
Golden Globe
for the role. After that film, Hayakawa largely retired from acting. Throughout the following years he performed guest appearances on a handful of television shows and films, making his final performance in the animated film The Daydreamer (1966).[30] After retiring, Hayakawa dedicated himself to Zen
Zen
Buddhism, became an ordained Zen
Zen
master, worked as a private acting coach, and authored his autobiography Zen
Zen
Showed Me the Way.[30] Racial barriers[edit] Hayakawa was in a unique position due to his ethnicity and fame in the English-speaking world. Due to naturalization laws of that time, Hayakawa would be unable to become a U.S. citizen[32] and because of anti-miscegenation laws he could not marry someone of another race.[33] In 1930, the Production Code
Production Code
came into effect which forbade portrayals of miscegenation in film. This meant that unless Hayakawa's co-star was an Asian actress, he would not be able to portray a romance with her.[29] Throughout Hayakawa's career, many segments of American society were filled with feelings of the Yellow Peril
Yellow Peril
due to circumstances surrounding World War
World War
I and World War
World War
II.[34] This left Hayakawa constantly typecast as a villain or forbidden lover and unable to play heroic parts that would typically be given to white actors such as Douglas Fairbanks.[20] Hayakawa's popularity and sex appeal ("his most rabid fan base was white women")[7] upset many American men and exacerbated the Yellow Peril
Yellow Peril
sentiments.[11][34][35] Communication scholar Anthony B. Chan described the American cultural attitudes of the time toward Asian countries such as China:

Miscegenation, or the mixing of the races, with its horror of potential sexual relations between "yellow" Asian men and "white" European American women, threatened the masculinity of European American men so much so that the basis of Chinese–European American conflict became a contest of securing scarce resources, which in this specific case were European American women. The threat of the "Yellow Peril" in the eyes of European American men perpetuated the status of European American women as chattel, as product.[11]

Hayakawa is historically seen as a precursor to Rudolph Valentino: both were foreign-born, typecast as exotic or forbidden lovers, and wildly popular during their time.[6] With the rising anti-Asian sentiment in the United States, the types of roles that Hayakawa usually played were gradually given to more Western-looking actors such as Valentino "who were not as threatening as Hayakawa in terms of race and sex".[8] In more than 20 films for Famous Players, Hayakawa was typecast as either the dangerous villain or the exotic lover who in the end would turn his female love interest over to the "proper" man of her own race.[36][37][38] This typecasting was the reason Hayakawa established his own production company in 1918, near the height of his American fame. At the time, he stated he wanted to be shown "as he really is and not as fiction paints him." As for his prior roles, he said, "They are false and give people a wrong idea of us [Asians]." Hayakawa desperately sought to show a more balanced and fair portrait of Asians. In 1949, he lamented, "My one ambition is to play a hero." In his autobiography he observed, "All my life has been a journey. But my journey differs from the journeys of most men."[23] Hayakawa's early films were not popular in Japan
Japan
because many felt that his roles portrayed an image of Japanese men being sadistic and cruel. Many Japanese viewers found this portrayal—which made him popular in the U.S.—insulting. Nationalistic groups in particular were censorious.[39] Some Japanese believed that Hayakawa was contributing to increased anti-Japanese sentiment in the U.S., and regarded him as a traitor to the Japanese people. After Hayakawa established himself as an American superstar, the negative tone in the press that regarded him as a national and racial shame almost completely disappeared, and Japanese media started publicizing Hayakawa's cinematic achievements instead.[40] Personal life[edit]

Hawakawa and his wife, Tsuru Aoki, in the film The Dragon Painter
The Dragon Painter
1919

On May 1, 1914, Hayakawa married fellow Issei
Issei
and performer Tsuru Aoki, who co-starred in several of his films. Hayakawa's first child, a son, was born in New York in 1929, to a white actress named Ruth Noble.[41] The boy was known as Alexander Hayes, but the name was changed to Yukio after Sessue and Aoki adopted the child and took him to be raised and educated in Japan. Later, Hayakawa had two daughters with Aoki: Yoshiko, an actress, and Fujiko, a dancer. Aoki died in 1961. Hayakawa later relocated back to Japan
Japan
and dedicated himself to Zen
Zen
Buddhism, becoming an ordained priest.[42] Physically, Hayakawa possessed "an athlete's physique and agility".[2] A 1917 profile on Hayakawa stated that he "is proficient in jiu-jitsu, an expert fencer, and can swim like a fish. He is a good horseman and plays a fast tennis racket. He is tall for a Japanese, being five feet seven and a half inches in height, and weighs 157 pounds."[43] Hayakawa was known for his discipline and martial arts skills. While filming The Jaguar's Claws, in the Mojave Desert, Hayakawa played a Mexican bandit, with 500 cowboys as extras. On the first night of filming, the extras drank all night and well into the next day. No work was being done, so Hayakawa challenged the group to a fight. Two men stepped forward. Hayakawa said of the incident, "The first one struck out at me. I seized his arm and sent him flying on his face along the rough ground. The second attempted to grapple and I was forced to flip him over my head and let him fall on his neck. The fall knocked him unconscious." Hayakawa then disarmed yet another cowboy. The extras returned to work, amused by the way the small man manhandled the big bruising cowboys.[6] Death and legacy[edit]

His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hayakawa retired from film in 1966. He died in Tokyo
Tokyo
on November 23, 1973, from a cerebral thrombosis, complicated by pneumonia.[23] He was buried in the Chokeiji Temple Cemetery in Toyama, Japan.[44][45] Many of Hayakawa's films are lost. However, most of his later works, including The Bridge on the River Kwai, the Jerry Lewis comedy The Geisha Boy in which Hayakawa lampoons his role in The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Swiss Family Robinson, Tokyo
Tokyo
Joe, and Three Came Home are available on DVD. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Hayakawa was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 1645 Vine Street, in Hollywood, California.[15] A musical based on Hayakawa's life, Sessue, played in Tokyo
Tokyo
in 1989. In September 2007, the Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
held a retrospective on Hayakawa's work entitled: Sessue Hayakawa: East and West, When the Twain Met. Japanese film director Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima
had planned to create a biopic entitled Hollywood Zen
Zen
based on Hayakawa's life. The script had been allegedly completed and set to film in Los Angeles, but due to constant delays and the eventual death of Oshima himself in 2013, the project went unrealized.[46][47] Media professor Karla Rae Fuller wrote in 2010:

What is even more remarkable about Hayakawa's precedent-setting career in Hollywood as an Asian American is the fact that he is virtually ignored in film history as well as star studies. ... Furthermore, the fact that he reached such a rare level of success whereby he could form and run his own production company makes his omission from the narrative of Hollywood history even more egregious.[24]

Hayakawa's image as a sex symbol is often remembered for its stark contrast to the stereotypically desexualized image of Asian men later in the film industry.[7][48][49] Filmography[edit] Main article: Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
filmography See also[edit]

Portrayal of East Asians in Hollywood Stereotypes of East and Southeast Asians in American media

References[edit]

^ Chuong, Chung (1999). Distinguished Asian Americans: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood. p. 111. ISBN 978-0313289026.  ^ a b c Saltz, Rachel (2007-09-07). "Sessue Hayakawa: East And West, When The Twain Met". The New York Times. NYTimes.com.  ^ a b Miyao 2007, pp. 1–3, 191, 227, 281 ^ a b Prasso, Sheridan (2006). The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls, and Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient. PublicAffairs. p. 124. ISBN 978-1586483944.  ^ a b Warner, Jennifer (2014). The Tool of the Sea: The Life and Times of Anna May Wong. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. p. 8. ISBN 978-1502403643.  ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sessue Hayakawa: The Legend". Goldsea.  p. 2. ^ a b c Venutolo, Anthony (2008-03-08). "Cinema can't keep up with Hayakawa's strides". The Star-Ledger. Newark: nj.com. Retrieved 2013-03-09.  ^ a b Miyao 2007, p. 227 ^ Miyao 2007, p. 241 ^ a b c d Kizirian, Shari. The Dragon Painter. Silent Film Festival. ^ a b c Perpetually Cool: The Many Lives of Anna May Wong
Anna May Wong
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Sessue Hayakawa
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(1889 – 1973)". www.findagrave.com. 2004-05-01. Retrieved 2013-03-09.  ^ "Bridge commander dies of pneumonia". Playground Daily News. Fort Walton Beach, Florida. 1973-11-25. p. 8. Retrieved 2014-12-10 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Schilling, Mark. "Nagisa Oshima: a leading force in film". The Japan Times. The Japan
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Bibliography[edit]

Miyao, Daisuke (2007). Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom. United States: Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-3969-4. 

Documentary films[edit]

2006 — The Slanted Screen: Asian Men in Film and Television. Directed by Jeff Adachi.

External links[edit]

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at the Internet Broadway Database
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Times Article on Hayakawa Sessue Hayakawa
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Gallery at Silent Gents Sessue Hayakawa: East and West, When the Twain Met

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John Williams (1954) Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
(1955) Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart
(1956) Sessue Hayakawa
Sessue Hayakawa
(1957) Albert Salmi
Albert Salmi
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) George Peppard
George Peppard
(1960) Jackie Gleason
Jackie Gleason
(1961) Burgess Meredith
Burgess Meredith
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1964) Harry Andrews
Harry Andrews
(1965) Robert Shaw (1966) Paul Ford
Paul Ford
(1967) Leo McKern
Leo McKern
(1968) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1969) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
/ Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Holger Löwenadler
Holger Löwenadler
(1974) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1975) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
(1977) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
(1978) Paul Dooley
Paul Dooley
(1979) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1980) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1981) Robert Preston (1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1985) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) River Phoenix
River Phoenix
(1988) Alan Alda
Alan Alda
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1991) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1992) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1993) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(1996) Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
(1997) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(1998) Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(1999) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2000) Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal
(2005) Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou
(2006) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2007) Josh Brolin
Josh Brolin
(2008) Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(2012) Will Forte
Will Forte
(2013) Edward Norton
Edward Norton
(2014) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(2015) Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
(2016) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2017)

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