The daughter of a Chinese mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American. Their child, raised in the mandarin's palace, grows up and escapes to seek her father, now a high-ranking official in the Philippines.Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A Chinese Mandarin offered Sn San to the Emperor, but when they found her half American baby girl the Emperor ordered San San to the Hall of Flashing Speers. The prettiest and most unique or all Oriental stories ever told on the screen---don't miss it. (Print Ad- Sentinel-Record, ((Hot Springs, Ark.)) 5 December 1918)
I was very moved by this film. Norma Talmadge plays the role of San-San, a mandarin's daughter, who risks all for love of Thomas Meighan's character, an American diplomat named Worden. She is very believable as an oriental girl who is longing for love. Norma also plays the love child of San-San and Worden, as a young adult, trying to escape from her brutal life in the emperor's palace.
This type of story has been done before, but perhaps never so tenderly and sweetly as in this old, old film. This is a haunting movie, with great performances from all the cast. It is not to be missed.
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