Out of Focus

Hollywood has long been fascinated with Japan, and its perspective has evolved through the decades. Japanese went from being wartime enemies to victims of American racism, '70s swingers and relentless economic animals. A sample of Hollywood's multiple takes on Japan:

THE PURPLE HEART (1944) An American bomber crew is tortured and tried by the Japanese as war criminals

JAPANESE WAR BRIDE (1952) King Vidor directs a story of prejudice against the Japanese wife (Yoshiko Yamaguchi) of an American serviceman

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961) All-out caricature: Mickey Rooney plays Holly Golightly's buck-toothed Japanese...

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