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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Love and War in French Indo-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?


French colonial rule in Indochina (Vietnam) took place from the 19th century until the Second World War, when Vietnam was invaded by Japan.The resistance movement against the Japanese was led by the Communist Viet Minh which, at the war's end, declared Vietnam's independence.The French refused to accept Vietnam's independence and fought to re-establish colonial rule.The French Indochina War, conducted with some American aid, lasted until 1954, when France admitted defeat.In 1955, the Republic of Vietnam, administered from Saigon, was proclaimed in the south, while the north, ruled from Hanoi, remained in Communist hands.By April 1956, the French forces completely withdrew from Vietnam. 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 »


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China Gate
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics Harold Adamson
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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Best Unknown Nat "King" Cole song ("China Gate")
11 October 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I was 17 and had just fallen hard in love with Gayle. That night in 1957 when I saw China Gate I was not with Gayle but another. The haunting title track "China Gate" somehow was burned into my memory. I remember little of the movie, but Nat's melancholy rendition was so haunting that when I replay it over in my mind some of that lost-love feeling still tears at my heart 42 years later.

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