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August 14, 2014 / Randall

James Shigeta ‘Led The Way’ For Asian-American Lovers On Screen [VIDEO]

A co-star of the 1961 movie musical Flower Drum Song, Shigeta broke barriers on screen as one of Hollywood’s first Asian-American actors to play romantic lead characters. In Bridge to the Sun, a 1961 film based on a memoir of the same name, Shigeta played Hidenari Terasaki, a dashing Japanese diplomat from Tokyo who meets cute and later marries Gwen Harold, a young white woman from Johnson City, Tenn.

One thing to note about the trailer, the White actress (Carroll Baker) gets far more screen time and speaking time than Shigeta.

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