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Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | August 1944 (USA)
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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Ling Tan
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Ling Tan's Wife
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Wu Lien
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Lao Er Tan - Middle Son
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Lao San Tan - Youngest Son
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Japanese Kitchen Overseer
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Third Cousin's Wife
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Third Cousin
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Lao Ta Tan - Eldest Son
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Capt. Sato
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Orchid Tan - Lao Ta's Wife
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Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung ...
Fourth Cousin
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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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Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

August 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La estirpe del dragón  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Robert Lewis functioned also as screen test director and dialogue director. See more »

Quotes

Ling Tan's Wife: [referring to a Japanese officer] Why do you not defy him?
Ling Tan: Alive I can hold my land. Dead I can only hold as much as I am buried in.
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Chee Lai
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
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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