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SEI ASHINA (JAPAN)

On the international poster for the $26m film Silk, the beautiful face of a Japanese woman looms large above the image of established stars Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt. This is the striking visage of Sei Ashina. She was cast from more than 800 hopefuls for the role of a mysterious woman who captures Pitt's heart in director Francois Girard's extravagant 19th-century tale of a silkworm trader who travels across the continents ...

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