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The Woman from China
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The Woman from China 1930

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The Woman from China 1930

82 mins United Kingdom

This fun and outrageous thriller, set in London's docklands, is stuffed full of secret lairs, trapdoors, jealousy, deceit and corruption. Chang-Li, attracted to an English typist, plots to kidnap her fiancé with the help of a young woman from China. With white actors cast in Chinese roles, the film typifies the sensationalist way Chinese communities were often depicted in 30s British fiction.

One of the later British silent movies, this 'Quota Quickie' met the increased demand for British productions created by the 1927 Cinematographic Act. It was standard practise at the time for white actors to be 'made-up' to play Chinese roles. The most convincingly Chinese performance here comes from Japanese actor Kiyoshi Takase.

Featuring

Julie Suedo

Gibb McLaughlin

Frances Cuyler

Kiyoshi Takase

R. Byron-Webber

Genres

Action and Adventure

Tags

Chinese people Kidnapping

Collection

Tales of Old Chinatown Free Archive Features

Released

1930

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Edward G. Whiting Productions

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