~The Call of the East~
1917
~Plot Synopsis~
Alan Hepburn, the son of an American businessman who made his fortune in Japan, resides in Tokyo with
his Japanese mistress O'Mitsu. Alan's romance earns the enmity of O'Mitsu's brother Takada, who vows
revenge on the American for dishonoring his sister. When Alan's half sister Shelia finds herself irresistibly
drawn to Japan, Takada plans poetic justice by seducing the girl. Pretending to be Alan's friend, Takada
invites the American to his island home where he then holds him captive. Shelia, learning of her brother's
fate, follows him to the island. Dismayed upon discovering that Shelia is the mysterious woman who stole
his heart at the Festival of Lanterns, Takada nevertheless intends to exact his revenge until the girl seeks
refuge at the image of Kwannon, a sacred spot to the Japanese. Begging her forgiveness, Takada releases
Alan and Shelia, but Shelia finds herself strangely drawn to her captor. When Alan informs her that her
mother was Japanese, Shelia realizes that she is answering the call of the East and decides to remain
behind to become Takada's wife.

Plot Synosis from American Film Institute Catelogue
Directed by: George Melford

Written by: Beulah Marie Dix - screenplay & story
~Cast~

Sessue Hayakawa ...  Arai Takada
Tsuru Aoki ...  O'Mitsu, His Sister
Jack Holt ...  Alan Hepburn
Margaret Loomis ...  Sheila Hepburn
James Cruze ...  Janzo
Ernest Joy ...  Col. Bassett
Guy Oliver ...  Cadger
Jane Wolfe ...  Yuri
~Remaining Credits~

Produced by: Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company

Released by: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: Jesse L. Lasky   
Cinematography by: Percy Hilburn    
Art Direction by: Wilfred Buckland & Max Parker    
Assistant Director: Roy Marshall

Length: 5 Reels
Released: October 15, 1917
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