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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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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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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Donna Reed was tested for the role of Orchid Tan, but even with make up did not look believable enough to be an Oriental character. See more »

Quotes

Wu Lien: I am neither for or against anything.
Jade Tan: What you are not for you are against.
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Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »

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Chee Lai
Composer unknown
Sung by Eugene Dorian and Wong Artarne as part of the score
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Understanding the agony of invasion
10 November 2000 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

Those who know little of the invasion of China by the Japanese Imperialist Forces during World War Two can discover general ideas surrounding this period of world history. Granted, the film is somewhat melodramatic in places, and, yes, Westerners made up to look Chinese is somewhat disconcerting as one begins to view this film. Yet, as the film progresses one is soon so overpowered by the action of the film that these minor distractions quickly evaporate. In fact, one soon accepts Katherine Hepburn as Chinese and the true drama dominates the film. The basic theme of the film is the repelling of aggressive forces in one's homeland, a not uncommon theme for 1944. Jade (Hepburn) must not only battle the invaders, she must confront traditional Chinese family values. Both conflicts are challenging to a peaceful rural village about to clash with the changes of the twentieth century. As the film progresses, the agony of family fracture and the immensely powerful drama of the last few scenes turn this film into a sober reminder of the mutability which comes with war. Hepburn is very good in this movie, as is almost all the supporting cast. The "kitchen scene" may be one of the most suspenseful of the World War Two period films. Viewers are reminded that the war between Japan and China began in 1937, four years before United States involvement.


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