Gray Horizon (1919)

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This drama highlights the fine dramatic talents of Sessue Hayakawa. Yano Masata (Hayakawa) is a Japanese artist whose sister, O Haru San (Tsuri Aoki, Hayakawa's wife in real life), has an American husband, John Furthman (Bertram Grassby). Furthman deserts her, which infuriates Masata. It turns out that Furthman is living nearby, happily married to a Caucasian woman, Doris (Eileen Percy). Circumstances bring him to Masata's door, where he finds O Haru San. They struggle and he accidentally kills her. Masata, in turn, hunts him down and murders him. Later, Doris -- who Masata has never met -- asks him to paint a portrait of her dead husband. When he realizes it is Furthman, he goes through with the job only because he respects Doris, who is both beautiful and genuinely nice. His anger builds and finally slashes the portrait in a rage. Ultimately, he confesses to the murder, but he does not reveal his motivations -- which might have saved him -- out of respect for Doris.