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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
Aline MacMahon ...
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
Robert Bice ...
Lao Ta Tan - Eldest Son
Robert Lewis ...
Capt. Sato
Orchid Tan - Lao Ta's Wife
Jacqueline deWit ...
Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung ...
Fourth Cousin
Paul E. Burns ...
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

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Release Date:

August 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fils du dragon  »

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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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Japanese Official: [to restaurant waiter] Oh, no wine, hunh, and where are your women?
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Chee Lai
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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