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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 20 June 1962 (USA)
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:
George Wah
Lotus (as June Kim)
Ching Foon
Yvonne Moray ...
Lo Tsen
Scrawny Man
2nd Dancing Girl
Gerald Jann ...
Fat Chinese
Vivianne Manku ...
Catatonic Girl
Miel Saan ...
Look Gow
Joanne Miya ...
1st Dancing Girl
Auctionieer (as John Mamo)
Keiko ...
3rd Dancing Girl


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 Asian girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Asian dwarf. Written by alfiehitchie

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Souls for Sale  »

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


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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tong war world
26 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

One of Vincent Price's lesser known movies casts him as an adventurer who discovers that one of the tongs in San Francisco's Chinatown is selling young women into servitude. The really cool scene in "Confessions of an Opium Eater" is Price's opium-induced hallucination; think of it as an early acid trip. The rest of the movie is kind of corny, but the corniness in Price's movies is part of what made them so much fun. Parts of the movie are confusing due to the secret passages in the buildings.

Overall, it's a pretty fun movie. Price's narration definitely adds to the campy feeling. Of course, his best movies were Roger Corman's adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works.

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