On his return to China, Charlie is honored at a Shanghai banquet for his many accomplishments. Prior to his speech Sir Stanley Woodland, a prominent official in the colony, confides to Charlie that he has discovered some sinister activities and wants to share the information with the detective as soon as they are alone. When Sir Stanley is silenced by a booby-trapped box, Charlie seeks to discover the undivulged secret as well as the killer. Along with Col. Watkins, the police commissioner, and G-Man James Andrews, Charlie works to expose an international opium-smuggling ring operating out of Shanghai. With the help of son Lee, he survives a kidnapping and murder attempt while exposing the identity of the head of the drug ring. Written by
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Warner Oland returning via steamship to land of ancestors to assist British secret agent with unknown mission. Charming interlude aboard ship includes Chan singing song about Princess Ming Lo Fu and confessing his age (60). [He confessed his pajama size in previous film] Although warned to not go ashore, Chan sets out to meet Sir Stanley Woodland who is murdered before revealing to Chan what he had discovered. Chan defeats attempt on his life and kidnapping by gangsters. Chan meets with American agent and discovers the mission involved opium trade: "beauty of poppy conceals sting of death." Story is weak but it facilitates development of father/son relationship between Chan and his son Lee (Key Luke) who demonstrates martial arts and skills with disguise. Gang tries again to neutralize Chan but in end, key evidence is revealed and entire gang is sent off to Government House: "spider does not spin web for single fly." Recommended for those who need to see entire series.
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