Raised by his grandfather to adhere to the ancient laws of China, Mandarin Wu is a strict authoritarian. However, he is a doting father to his beautiful daughter Nang Ping. Nang Ping is to be married to a man of her father's choosing, a man she does not even know. But she falls in love with a dashing British visitor to China, Basil Gregory. Basil informs Nang Ping that he must return to Britain with his family, but she surprises him with the revelation that she carries his child. Wu learns of his daughter's dishonor and lets the ancient laws of China lead him relentlessly toward tragedy. Written by
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For the hundred-year-old look, Wu Chaney build up his cheekbones and lips with cotton and collodion. Into his nostrils were inserted the ends of cigar holders and the long fingernails were constructed from strips of painted film stock. He used fish skin to fashion an Oriental cast to his eyes and grey crepe hair was used for the mustache and goatee. The make-up procedures took from four to six hours to apply. See more »
[In a racially condescending fashion]
You Chinese eat the silliest food!
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Taped this film during the wee hours of the AM, as I have never viewed this picture starring Lon Chaney and wanted to find out what the audiences of 1927 viewed and enjoyed. I thought that Lon Chaney was fantastic with his own make up and great acting skills, he was truly a master of his craft. There was a great deal of racism concerning the Chinese nation in this film. However, in those days, there was racism for all nationalities, Irish, Italian, Polish, and many religions were hated and bigotry was depicted in the films and newspapers. Thank God we have progressed in our film making world and people are trying to respect each other. Lon Chaney made this a very interesting film and I recommend it for all fans who adore and liked his many films.
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