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Princess Ling Moy, a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu, a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world. She is involved with Ah Kee, a handsome young man, who also unbeknownst to her, is a secret agent out to thwart the heinous plots of Fu Manchu. As it turns out, Fu is not only her next-door neighbor, he is also, (unbeknownst to her), her father. When she finds out, will she take her father's part and fight the men out to get Fu, or will she become a brave heroine and save the world even if it is from the devious doings of her own Dad? Yes, it's dated, and there isn't nearly enough of Warner Oland in it; but it moves along well, has a lot of action, Wong and Hayakawa were fine actors, and if you're a Charley Chan fan, it's worth it to how much, if any, of Fu Oland used when creating Charley Chan.Written by
First the negatives. Watching this film one would not have expected Warner Oland to have been such an excellent Charlie Chan. Keye Luke was perhaps correct when he defended the casting of Warner Oland as Charlie Chan, but watching his performance in this film, you would not have thought that possible. E. Alyn Warren, as another Chinese villain played by a Caucasian actor is also awful, and even worse.
Now the positives, two of the three top billed actors in this film are Asian, which for the time, was very unusual. SO for this reason, it is one of the reasons to see the film. Sessue Hayakawa is the hero of this film, and some may have a beef of having a Japanese actor playing a Chinese character, but for the time, and perhaps even today, it is remarkable.
Also, Harold Minjir as Rogers, who is in for comedy relief, is obvious meant to be a gay character, though their is no reference to his sexual preference. One of the positives of his character, is the ending, when he tells the young Petrie what is going on, and becomes one of the heroes of the film.
For the time, I'm sure it was a popular film, but does not entirely hold up today, but if one is interested in seeing films that were somewhat against the norm of the time, this might be an interesting film to see.
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