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14 December 1919 (USA) See more »
An opium smuggler is marked for murder in this story of the Chinese Mafia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
William Worthington 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Schayer  scenario
Clyde Westover  novel "The Dragon's Daughter"

Cinematography by
Frank D. Williams 
Art Direction by
Milton Menasco 
Production Management
George W. Stout .... general manager

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58 min | USA:50 min
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Gangster Rap, 19 May 2008
Author: wes-connors from Earth

In the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, the secretive "Bo Sing Tong" society blackmails, assassinates, and smuggles opium. Sessue Hayakawa (as Luk Chan) is the Chinese gang's most feared hatchet-man. After falling in love with Helen Jerome Eddy (as Sen Chee), Mr. Hayakawa desires to trade in his life of crime and become a merchant prince. To do this, he must not only save some money, but also avoid being shot by the San Francisco police. Then, an assignment complicates matters considerably: Hayakawa is ordered to drive a hatchet through the skull of his beloved China doll's father, Toyo Fujita (as Louis Toy), by "Bo Sing Tong" leader Marc Robbins (as Ming Tai). Mr. Robbins, who runs the gambling and "hop" joint "The Royal Pekin Club", wants young Ms. Eddy for himself. Standard fare from Hayakawa and company; understandably, "The Tong-Man" failed to amuse actual Chinese people.

*** The Tong-Man (12/14/19) William Worthington ~ Sessue Hayakawa, Helen Jerome Eddy, Marc Robbins

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