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James Shigeta

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Geisha Hollywood

In "Cry for Happy" (1961), American sailors use a Tokyo "geisha house" as a base of operations for their various schemes.

Hollywood popularized the idea of geisha as kimono-wearing women of pleasure when in reality they were professional entertainers who did not engage in paid sex with their clients.

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"Cry for Happy" 3
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Publicity still for "Cry for Happy" (1961). James Shigeta is sitting on the tatami mat with his arms crossed. Also pictured are Donald O'Connor, Miyoshi Umeki, Miiko Taka and Glenn … More »


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