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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

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In 19th century San Francisco's Chinatown, American adventurer Gilbert De Quincey is saving slave girls owned by the Chinese Tong factions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Dare you enter the nightmare zone of the incredible?

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20 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Film loosely based on the 1822 autobiographical novel, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, by Thomas De Quincey. See more »

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Gilbert De Quincey: [narration] When the dreams of the dark, idle, monstrous phenomenae move forever forward... wild, barbarous, capricious into the great yawning darkness... to be fixed for centuries in secret rooms. De Quincey, the artist ?, De Quincey, the pagan priest, to be worshiped, to be sacrificed. What is a dream and what is reality? Sometimes a man's life can be a nightmare; other times, cannot a nightmare be life? And the voices that I heard, were they the voices of some strange imitation of men in some...
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5 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Vincent Price is one of my favourite actors, always delivering no matter the material. Confessions of an Opium Eater is no exception, it is not his best film or performance by a long shot, but it is an interesting film and Price commands the film wonderfully in the way few people do. Confessions of an Opium Eater is a long way from flawless, some of the direction is uninspiring, the dialogue does have a tendency to ramble on too much and the dance numbers are very dreary. However, while the story is on the silly side, what does elevate it to a significant degree is the startling atmosphere that is evoked. When it comes to the film's highlights, they are most certainly the trippy dream sequence and the slow-motion escape scene. I did like the look of the film, slow-motion technique is not a favourite of mine but due to the subject it actually worked to give some realism. The costumes and scenery are quite nice too, as is the eerie score. Price is great, and the supporting performances are good(though few stand out as really, really impressive) especially from Linda Ho. So overall, it was an interesting and decent movie. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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