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The Mission of Mr. Foo (1915)

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... Mr. Foo - the Mandarin
... A Man High in Diplomatic Circles
Mrs. William Bechtel ... The Diplomat's Wife
... Florence - the Diplomat's Daughter
T. Tamamoto ... Tu Sing - the Chinese Ambassador
Otto Kobe ... The Ambassador's Secretary
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Real Chinese actors - this is the astounding part of the subject, on account of the fact that the Chinese won't face the camera. And a plot dealing with subtle Chinese cunning and political intriguing, Simply great! Get it. That's why "The Mission of Mr. Foo" is called the rarest type of cinema play. See more »

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8 March 1915 (USA)  »

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Pretty well made for 1915
23 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

This silent suspense film is a product of its times. First, the Chinese people in the film are very stereotypical...and Mr. Foo is a bit like the treacherous Foo Manchu! Second, the story is set just after the founding of the Republic of China and this heavily influences the story.

Mr. Foo is infatuated with an American girl, Florence. He gives her a fancy necklace and her parents are worried...so they contact the Chinese Ambassador in town. He has his subordinate investigate Foo and discover he's leading a group planning on returning the Emperor to the throne...and he takes action to stop this.

This grainy film from Alpha Video is more an odd curio than an entertaining movie. It's not bad...but it also has a rather sad view of the Chinese...one that is considered politically incorrect today. Worth seeing if you love early silents...otherwise not a great film by any standard.


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