To music - and sometimes the song "One Step Ahead of My Shadow" - we see various scenes of a China imagined by 1930's U.S. stereotyping. We're in what may be Shanghai, with rickshaws and other cultural touchstones. A young man steers his small boat down a river to visit his sweetheart, to whom he sings. A large man, who's well-to-do, seems to cheat his rickshaw driver who takes him to the same house where the kids are courting. A dragon interrupts the fun, the damsel is in distress, and fireworks may follow.
Did You Know?
Chinese dragons do not breathe fire, and are seen as benevolent creatures not as antagonists (as in European traditions). See more
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Music by Jean Schwartz
Played throughout the opening sequence See more