In the time of the crusades, a Saxon youth is forced to run away from England. He goes with his loyal retainer who brings along a British long bow. The two go all the way to China where they become involved in intrigues in the court of Kubla Kahn. Written by
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Tell me, when you refuse me your loyalty because I am a Norman, have you not considered that I have no choice in the same matter - that I must be king for Norman and Saxon alike whether I like it or not. Do you, Saxon, not owe something besides hatred to the same cause?
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Entertaining motion picture about oriental and medieval feats in superb Technicolor
In XII century , two young Xasons ( Tyrone Power,Jack Hawkins ) decide to leave England crowned by King Edward (Michael Rennie) and since 1066 ( battle Hastings ) ruled for Normans . They are going to Orient along with a beautiful girl (Cecile Aubry) escaped from avaricious merchants (Herbert Lom, Alfonso Bedoya) . As they arrive in Mongol territory governed by Gengis Khan and they enlist to General Bayan's (Orson Welles) troops that want to conquer China . During war they are imprisoned and will suffer numerous dangers , adventures and risks ; besides will discover many Chinese invents as the compass , silk and powder .
It's a spectacular adventure and plenty of emotions , action and romance . The picture blends far eastern adventures and medieval scenario . This is one of the most bemusing oriental adventure movies ever made and extremely well produced with awesome Technicolor photography . This juvenile romp is utterly amusing and entertaining. Tyrone Power (who died in Spain filming ¨Salomon and queen of Saba¨) and Jack Hawkins are firmly teamed , they make a first class duo as the adventurer pals . Magnificent Orson Welles who interpreted for getting the financing ¨Othello¨ picture , he played numerous exotic personages ( The Tartari , Saul, Cagliostro, Macbeth, Cesare Borgia ). There appears known supporting actors but very secondaries , thus , Robert Blake (Mahmoud), Laurence Harvey , Henry Oscar (the friar named Roger Bacon), James Robertson Justice , among others . Glimmer and splendid cinematography by classic cameraman Jack Cardiff (Black narcissus) and sometimes filmmaker( Dark of the sun) . The film is correctly directed by Hollywood veteran Henry Hathaway who posteriorly directs ¨Rawhide¨ a fundamental western also with Tyrone Power . The flick will appeal to far eastern saga fanciful and Tyrone Power enthusiasts.
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