Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom by Daisuke Miyao [in Bloomsbury Review]
The long-awaited biography – even if it’s a tad bit on the academic side – on Hayakawa, a trailblazing Asian American film pioneer, who in his silent heyday was one of the most recognizable, lauded actors, regardless of ethnic background. While he distinguished himself in his later ‘talking’ career – he got an Oscar nomination for The Bridge on the River Kwai – Hayakawa, along with a handful of other stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, was a Hollywood fixture and bonafide matinee idol (Keanu’s got nothin’ on this brooding icon!).
Review: “In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Month: New & Notable Books,” The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2007