The Breath of the Gods

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The Breath of the Gods
Theatrical release poster for The Breath of the Gods
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rollin S. Sturgeon
Produced by Corley Z. Ito
Written by Charles J. Wilson (scenario)
Based on The Breath of the Gods
by Sidney McCall
Starring Tsuru Aoki
Stanhope Wheatcroft
Arthur Carewe
Pat O'Malley
Cinematography Alfred Gosden
Distributed by Universal Jewel Super-Production
Release date
  • July 25, 1920 (1920-07-25)
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Crew members constructing a Buddha for the set of the movie.

The Breath of the Gods is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by Rollin S. Sturgeon and starring Tsuru Aoki. Set during the Russo-Japanese War, the film is based on the 1905 novel of the same name by Sidney McCall.[1][2]

No prints of The Breath of the Gods are known to exist, and it is now presumed to be a lost film.[3]


As described in a film magazine,[4] the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 threatens the peace of Japan, so Yuki Onda (Aoki) is directed home from her American school by her father (Seki). With her sails a party of American diplomatic friends that includes Pierre Le Beau (Wheatcroft), to whom Yuki has pledged her love. Her father's faith in her inherited honor obliges her to marry Prince Hagane (Carewe), and in the opportunity to be of service to her country comes an opposing loyalty to him and love for Le Beau. Le Beau is an attache of the embassy of Australia in Japan, and he is made an unwilling instrument in an attempt to secure valuable information from her. Yuki, believing that she has failed in her trust, takes her own life, leaving a sorrowing Prince and the penitent and loving Le Beau.



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