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 movie begins in Son Toy. In November of 1970 American special forces raided a POW camp in Son Tay, unfortunately there where no prisoners in the camp. 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 »

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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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Ludicrous war drama set in early days of Vietnam War

Everything that's wrong about Sam Fuller pictures pops up here, with little of what's right being present. The script is full of silly lines, and the two leads are several miles out of their depth. Nat King Cole is the best thing in the picture, giving a sensitive and believable performance in a supporting role. Not bad enough to be entertaining on that basis, just fairly stupid.

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