Dragon Seed Reviews
could not get my myself attached to the movie. The lack of Asian actors in any of the main or substantial roles was an immediate turnoff. As the further along I watched I was starting to understand probably around that time the English language was still
difficult for many of the Chinese to command, not just the fact that Hollywood of course was still operating under a bias and racist platform in the purest of form. I started to engaged in the story of a family whose love and loyalty toward not just each other but to the entire Chinese culture are being tested during the Japanese attacks pre WW2. Look past the odd makeup and get ups and one can see the acting by Hepburn and Huston along with others was adequate. This film does not have a standard to say for Hepburn to excel in this role. It does not call for her to shine because the story does not fit with her best qualities as an actress.
So many American faces playing Chinese faces. Weird.
I saw it solely as a Katharine Hepburn fan.
And I have to say, while it is very odd, it is a pretty good movie.
A bit on the long side, it tells a fairly inspired story of poor Chinese citizens doing all they can to resist against Japanese invaders.
Hepburn, and Walter Huston in particular give great performances despite the culture clash.