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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

 -  Drama  -  20 June 1962 (USA)
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Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey ... See full summary »

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Gilbert De Quincey
Linda Ho ...
Ruby Low
Richard Loo ...
George Wah
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Lotus (as June Kim)
Philip Ahn ...
Ching Foon
Yvonne Moray ...
Child
Caroline Kido ...
Lo Tsen
Terence de Marney ...
Scrawny Man
Geri Hoo ...
2nd Dancing Girl
Gerald Jann ...
Fat Chinese
Vivianne Manku ...
Catatonic Girl
Miel Saan ...
Look Gow
Joanne Miya ...
1st Dancing Girl
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Auctionieer (as John Mamo)
Keiko ...
3rd Dancing Girl
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Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures. At the slave auction where beautiful Oriental girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Oriental dwarf. Written by alfiehitchie

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Gilbert De Quincey: [narration] In that first instance of her image passing the lenses of my eyes, I felt that I was hanging in the immensity of space and she was floating with me - chained, locked inextricably together; arms, brains, heart pulsations, unable to flee, unable to break apart; sinking, sinking through the inexhaustible depths of time. I forgot the long journey by the sea. I forgot the pain. I forgot my mission. Was it the heavy, drifting perfume of the incense or some feverish fantasy searing my brain...
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Undiscovered classic!!!
12 August 2003 | by (Chinatown, London) – See all my reviews

OK, I've known I've wanted to see this for years, but had no idea how great it would be!!! Price is as ace as usual, but the scene is well and truly stolen by the little dwarf girl. Some more things that make the film great

  • The fact that all the Orientals talk in broken English, while Price


fills every line with overblown emotion and literate philosophical asides, the record number of secret passages and lifts, the incredible opium trip/dream sequence (and the resulting slow-motion escape is even better)and the fact that the whole thing plays like a 30's adventure film mixed with a 60's drug film! Perfect.

Highly recommended, naturally.


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