About the film
silent film partially lost film
The Courageous Coward
Release Date: March 31, 1919
|Production Companies||:||Haworth Pictures Corporation|
|Writers||:||Frances Guihan, Thomas J. Geraghty|
Sessue Hayakawa was making the transition from Asian villain to sympathetic hero in this picture. The plot is a combination of racial stereotypes that were common in the U.S. during the silent era and real-life situations experienced by Asians living Stateside. Hayakawa plays Suki Iota, a student who, while born and bred in America, wants a wife with traditional Japanese values. She appears in the form of Rei (Tsuru Aoki, Hayakawa's real-life wife), a singer who becomes known as the Japanese Nightingale.