Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa was one of the most popular leading men in American silent films-this despite the fact that orientals were traditionally (and stereotypically) cast as villains at the time. In The Bravest Way, Hayakawa carries self-sacrifice to the nth degree. He is so devoted-in a perfectly platonic manner-to the widow of his best friend (Tsuri Aoki) that he loses the love of his American fiancee (Florence Vidor). Only after several grueling plot twists does the fiancee realize she's been wrong all along, and that Hayakawa is the man for her. The Bravest Way was directed by George Melford, who later put Valentino through his paces in The Sheik.
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