Dragon Seed
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Dragon Seed
This lavish, 145-minute cinemadaptation of the Pearl Buck best-seller Dragon Seed was intended by MGM as a followup to the studio's successful film version of Buck's The Good Earth. In true Hollywood fashion, the Chinese protagonists are all played by Caucasian actors, with fascinating if not always convincing results. When a peaceful Chinese village is invaded by the Japanese prior to WW2, the men elect to adopt a peaceful, don't-rock-the-boat attitude towards their conquerors-and it is understood that the women will stoically acquiesce as well. But Jade (Katharine Hepburn), a… More

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"Quite moving, strong drama featuring Kate Hepburn."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of MGM's worst melodramas of the 40s and a low point in the career of Hepburn, here miscast as a young and alert Chinese woman. Propaganda picture was made to please the government (and its Chinese allies) but by today's standards it's racist."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"That Caucasian actors are cast in the primary Oriental roles greatly detracts from the film's authenticity."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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