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Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | August 1944 (USA)
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

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Pearl S. Buck (novel), Marguerite Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Jade Tan
Walter Huston ... Ling Tan
Aline MacMahon ... Ling Tan's Wife
Akim Tamiroff ... Wu Lien
Turhan Bey ... Lao Er Tan - Middle Son
Hurd Hatfield ... Lao San Tan - Youngest Son
J. Carrol Naish ... Japanese Kitchen Overseer
Agnes Moorehead ... Third Cousin's Wife
Henry Travers ... Third Cousin
Robert Bice ... Lao Ta Tan - Eldest Son
Robert Lewis ... Capt. Sato
Frances Rafferty ... Orchid Tan - Lao Ta's Wife
Jacqueline deWit ... Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung Clarence Lung ... Fourth Cousin
Paul E. Burns ... Shen - Neighbor
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Storyline

Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang's two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er's wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930's China. Tang's only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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M-G-M's immortal production of the great novel

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La estirpe del dragón See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Features Aline MacMahon's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

Captain Sato: [rhetorically] How could we conquer a country without its traitors?
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Featured in Slaying the Dragon (1988) See more »

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Chee Lai
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Sung by Eugene Dorian and Wong Artarne as part of the score
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Has spare, beautiful moments, with the horrors of war vividly portrayed
13 June 2004 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

When hard-working China is attacked by the power-hungry Japanese, a pre-feminist Chinese woman struggles with her family for survival; eventually she and her husband become fighters in the Resistance and help to influence their family and fellow villagers to join them. Hollywood product, with intentions that seem sincere, adapted from a Pearl Buck novel and starring...Katharine Hepburn? Actually, Kate is not flossy or "regal" here; she's nobody's fool and probably knows she's miscast, but her Asian make-up is commendable and she tries (not in vain) to find a character. In support, Walter Huston and Aline MacMahon, as Hepburn's Old World in-laws, are excellent. The movie has beautiful cinematography and absorbing passages, but its length is self-defeating and there are some howlers in the script and in much of the casting. Not a hit at the box-office, but by this time people were so used to Hepburn's hit-or-miss choices that it didn't hurt her. *** from ****


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