This mid twenties French melo has a few claims on our attention. It survives in a beautiful tinted reconstruction, features the always intriguing Hayakawa and is part filmed by effects specialist Segondo de Chomon, though watching it gives no hint of his participation.
Hayakawa is a Tokyo antiques dealer accused of murder, facing a trial with a surprise outcome. Sessue's leap from the stand is the film's one grabbing moment.
The rest is competent and a glimpse of the French production of the day. Long serving Duclos was Mathilde in L'Herbier's fabulous early sound Gaston Leroux two parter.
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