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The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (1916)

The members of a Chinese family living in the US have a curse put upon them for becoming too "westernized".

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Marian E. Wong

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Marian E. Wong
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The members of a Chinese family living in the US have a curse put upon them for becoming too "westernized".

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USA

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21 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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The Curse of Quon Gwon See more »

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Oakland, California, USA

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Mandarin Film Co. See more »
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The earliest known film directed by a Chinese-American and one of the earliest films directed by a woman See more »

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What Are We Going To Do About the Younger Generation?
7 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This holds some interest as the earliest known example of independent Chinese-American production. It was produced, written and directed by Marion Wong, who appeared in it; her family made up the rest of the cast. In 2004 the only known surviving print was donated by Miss Wong's nieces and nephews to the National Film Board (without titles) and it was added to the National Film Registry two years later.

A young Chinese American couple get married and are amused and repulsed by the appurtenances of the ceremony. When they have a baby, it falls sick and the mother is exiled to wander around until the child recovers.

Although the actors do not seem particularly talented in their performances, the production is well done. Props, costumes and settings are very well done. The camerawork is solid, as is the editing, offering a good movie about the conflict between old and new.

The IMDb trivia claims this is the first movie directed by a Chinese-American, which may well be true. It also claims this is among the earliest movies directed by a woman. I wonder what Alice Guy, who had been directing movies since 1896 would have made of that claim!


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