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Dragon Seed (1944)





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Based on the novel by Pearl S. Buck, this film follows the struggle of Chinese farmers Jade (Katharine Hepburn) and Lao Er (Turhan Bey) as their lives and their homes are threatened by a Japanese invasionmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Marguerite Roberts, Jane Murfin
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 29, 2007
Warner Home Video


Walter Huston
as Ling Tan
Turhan Bey
as Lao Er Tan
Aline MacMahon
as Mrs. Ling Tan
Agnes Moorehead
as 3rd Cousin's Wife
Henry Travers
as 3rd Cousin
Robert Lewis
as Capt. Sato
J. Carrol Naish
as Japanese Kitchen Ove...
Jacqueline de Wit
as Mrs. Wu Lien
Clarence Lung
as 4th Cousin
Paul E. Burns
as Neighbor Shen
Ted Hecht
as Maj. Yohagi
Abner Biberman
as Capt. Yasuda
Leonard Mudie
as Old Peddler
Charles Lung
as Japanese Diplomat
Benson Fong
as Student
Philip Van Zandt
as Japanese Guard
Al Hill
as Japanese Officer
Alex Havier
as Japanese Soldier
J. Alex Havier
as Japanese Soldier
Philip Ahn
as Leader of City Peopl...
Roland Got
as Speaker with Movies
Robbie Lee
as Young Farmer
Frank Puglia
as Old Clerk
Claire Du Brey
as Hysterical Woman
Lee Tung Foo
as Innkeeper
Jay Novello
as Japanese Soldier
Leonard Strong
as Japanese Official
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Critic Reviews for Dragon Seed

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Quite moving, strong drama featuring Kate Hepburn.

April 20, 2008

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2007

That Caucasian actors are cast in the primary Oriental roles greatly detracts from the film's authenticity.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006
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Katharine Hepburn as an oriental? You've been warned.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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