China Gate (1957)

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In 1954, during the French Indochina War, an Eurasian female smuggler and a group of French Foreign Legion mercenaries, infiltrate the enemy territory in order to destroy an arms depot.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Brock
Lucky Legs
Paul Dubov ...
Capt. Caumont
Maj. Cham
George Givot ...
Cpl. Pigalle
Gerald Milton ...
Pvt. Andreades
Neyle Morrow ...
Father Paul
Maurice Marsac ...
Col. De Sars
Warren Hsieh ...
The Boy
Paul Busch ...
Cpl. Kruger
Willie Soo Hoo ...
Moi Leader (as William Soo Hoo)
Walter Soo Hoo ...


Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border, to blow up an arms depot. A Eurasian smuggler, Lucky Legs, agrees to use her connections to help them, in return getting her son into America. The racist father of the boy, Sergeant Brock, is also part of the multinational group. Lucky Legs must use the love of a Eurasian guerilla leader, Major Cham, to get access to the base. Will they destroy the base, and will Brock overcome his racism before Lucky Legs makes The Ultimate Sacrifice? Written by Peter Reiher

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An American dynamiter love-locked in war-locked China! See more »


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Release Date:

August 1957 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Gates of China  »

Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was never released in France because the French government of the day deemed the film's prologue too harsh towards France.The French Consul-General in Los Angeles, Romain Gary, asked producer and director Samuel Fuller to change the film's prologue but Fuller refused. See more »


Film flopped when Lucky Legs and Sgt. Brock go into the tree house. The sniper has a left handed rifle, Sgt. Brock's knife is on the wrong side, and his watch has moved to his right wrist. See more »

Crazy Credits

Music by Victor Young Extended by his old friend Max Steiner See more »


Featured in The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera (1996) See more »


China Gate
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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Very unusual for me to watch a war movie
25 November 2015 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Very unusual for me to watch a war movie, but anything directed by Sam Fuller deserves consideration and I was intrigued with the casting that included, Angie Dickinson, Nat King Cole and Lee Van Clef. As it tuned out this was not as bad as it might have been, helped very much by the performances, Fuller achieves from his cast. Set in Vietnam, then Indochina, it features the last days of the French rule, when the Americans were seemingly the good guys dropping food parcels to the indigenous population. Nat King Cole, sings the title track twice and puts in a really convincing performance as one of the French rag bag group who trek through the jungle to carry out their wondrous mission. Mostly filmed on back lots, Fuller has interspersed stock footage to give a reasonable approximation of the location. Angie Dickinson is a real trouper and plays this very wide with much non PC banter with the Chinese, who she seems to keep happy with promise of brandy and sex. Lee Van Clef is a real surprise here (I thought he had always had that weathered look!) and helps to make the last quarter a bit more fun.

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