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Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed  -  Drama | History | War  -  August 1944 (USA)
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jade Tan
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Ling Tan
Aline MacMahon ...
Ling Tan's Wife
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Wu Lien
Turhan Bey ...
Lao Er Tan - Middle Son
Hurd Hatfield ...
Lao San Tan - Youngest Son
J. Carrol Naish ...
Japanese Kitchen Overseer
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Third Cousin's Wife
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Third Cousin
Robert Bice ...
Lao Ta Tan - Eldest Son
Robert Lewis ...
Capt. Sato
Frances Rafferty ...
Orchid Tan - Lao Ta's Wife
Jacqueline deWit ...
Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung ...
Fourth Cousin
Paul E. Burns ...
Neighbor Shen
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Storyline

Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang's two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er's wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930's China. Tang's only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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china | village | student | merchant | invasion | See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

August 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fils du dragon  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in 1943 on the MGM lot in Culver City during the Second World War, the film features an unusual assortment of non-Asian actors with odd accents playing Chinese and Japanese: Russian-born and Stanislavski-trained Akim Tamiroff as Wu Lien; Turhan Bey, Viennese born son of a Turkish father and Czechoslovakian mother as the middle son, Lao Er Tan; New England patrician Katharine Hepburn as his wife; American Aline MacMahon, no longer one of the wisecracking Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), as the wife of Ling Tang; English born Henry Travers (best remembered as Clarence the Angel from It's a Wonderful Life (1946)) as the Third Cousin;" Irish-America J. Carrol Naish as the Japanese Kitchen Overseer; and finally Jewish-American Robert Lewis, co-founder of the Actors Studio and Meryl Streep's teacher at the Yale Drama School as the Japanese Captain Sato. See more »

Quotes

Ling Tan: [referring to Jade's son] He has his eyes open. Make sure the one who teaches him has his eyes open.
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Sung by Eugene Dorian and Wong Artarne as part of the score
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Chinese perspective on this movie.
28 August 2002 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I was lucky to have watched this movie with my girlfriend's father, who is Chinese. Although he didn't understand a word, he LOVED IT! He was part of the original communist movement and could totally relate to the scenes of farmers taking up arms and meeting in the mountains to plan the fight against the Japanese invaders.

He wondered why, despite the fact that the budding commies in the movie were portrayed as very heroic, he'd never heard of this movie in China. Here is an American movie that glorifies his struggles - that was produced at a time when he was told to completely shun everything Western. Made him think a little, I bet.

Oh, and by the way, don't listen to what anybody else says about the white actors playing Chinese in this movie... it's almost painful to watch!


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