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Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

Confessions of an Opium Eater (1962)

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Very freely based upon the book by Thomas DeQuincey, Confessions of an Opium Eater is set in San Francisco during the Tong Wars of the 1800s. Lotus is one of a group of women kidnapped from China and brought to the United States, where they are to be traded in exchange for precious opium. Fortunately, Lotus and her compatriots are rescued by mysterious benefactors and are spirited away. Soon after, DeQuincey sneaks into Chinatown and contacts a merchant by the name of Chin Foon. Both men share the mark of the Moon Serpent, signifying that they work for the enigmatic Ling Tang, who is the mastermind behind the human auctions. Foon instructs DeQuincey to locate Lotus. He finds her but tries to escape with her, rather than handing her over to Foon. His treachery is discovered, and he admits that he is working for both sides in the Tong conflict. He escapes and, stumbling through the bowels of Chinatown, discovers many other bizarre secrets. He also learns that another of Tang's employees, Ruby Low, is not as loyal as supposed. DeQuincey continues prowling around Chinatown; obviously, he has some sort of plan in mind - but what is it? And who is he really working for?

Cast

Vincent Price
as Gilbert De Quincey
Linda Ho
as Ruby Low
Richard Loo
as George Wah
Philip Ahn
as Ching Foon
June Kim
as Lotus
Terence de Marney
as Scrawny Man
Gerald Jann
as Fat Chinese
Vivianne Manku
as Catatonic Girl
Miel Saan
as Look Gow
John Mamo
as Auctioneer
Eleanor Boardman
as Small-town Girl
Victor Sen Yung
as Wing Young
King Vidor
as Himself
Ralph Ahn
as Wah Chan
Alicia Li
as Ping Toy
Jo Anne Miya
as Dancing Girl
Geri Hoo
as Dancing Girl
Keiko
as Dancing Girl
Carol Russell
as Slave Girl
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All Critics (3)

Leaves you high for at least a half hour after viewing.

April 26, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

(The) distributor's alternate title SOULS FOR SALE...advertises the film's sinister proceedings right from the opening credits

March 9, 2004

Puts to shame anything posing as serious philosophical thought in the Matrix films.

June 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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