The Barbarian and the Geisha is a 1958 film starring John Wayne as an American consul to Japan in the nineteenth century. Townsend Harris (John Wayne) arrives in Japan, sent from America by President Pierce as a result of a treaty signed between the two nations. Upon his arrival, he is immediately treated with disdain and hostility by the wary Japanese townsfolk, led by Governor Tamura (So Yamamura). After engaging in a war of wills with Harris, Tamura is instructed to treat the foreigner kindly while the Imperial Court in Edo contemplates the treaty. While dining at Tamura's home, the beautiful geisha Okichi (Eiko Ando) enchants Harris. Tamura sends Okichi to stay with Harris as a sign of good faith, and the American and the geisha quickly become friendly. But as the political drama continues, it becomes clear that ties of loyalty and fidelity make feudal Japan a deadly place for not only Harris, but all those he meets.