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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 overview, first billed only:
Ling Tan
Ling Tan's Wife
Wu Lien
Lao Er Tan - Middle Son
Lao San Tan - Youngest Son
Japanese Kitchen Overseer
Third Cousin's Wife
Third Cousin
Lao Ta Tan - Eldest Son
Capt. Sato
Orchid Tan - Lao Ta's Wife
Jacqueline deWit ...
Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung ...
Fourth Cousin
Neighbor Shen


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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hedy Lamarr was replaced by Katharine Hepburn. See more »


Ling Tan: [to Jade] Remember, my child, that the woman is the root and the man is the tree. The tree grows only as high as the root is strong.
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Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »


Chee Lai
Composer unknown
Sung by Eugene Dorian and Wong Artarne as part of the score
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A Great Surprise
12 February 2004 | by (Huntsville, AL, USA) – See all my reviews

While surfing through the movie listings trying to pass some time I came across Dragon Seed. I saw the date (1944) and the summary and thought that this would be another war-time morale type movie. That type of film has always been good to watch so I tuned in. I was very surprised. The film had a wonderful story with very good acting even though a bit stoic. I discounted the Chinese makeup and the non-Asian actors so they were not a factor in my enjoyment. The movie went far beyond the standard war era gung-ho film. The feelings of the times and the people came through wonderfully. I would like to see it again to catch subtle things that I know I missed the first time. It was a wonderful way to spend my time.

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