The Toll of the Sea Reviews

  • May 08, 2019

    The best movie character ever portrayed: Anna May Wong as Lotus Flower!

    The best movie character ever portrayed: Anna May Wong as Lotus Flower!

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Jul 07, 2015

    If you're familiar with the Madame Butterfly story the film holds nothing new storywise but this is a fascinating document being one of the earliest films shot in the two strip color process.

    If you're familiar with the Madame Butterfly story the film holds nothing new storywise but this is a fascinating document being one of the earliest films shot in the two strip color process.

  • Jul 06, 2015

    based on 'madame butterfly' also one of the first films lensed in technicolor

    based on 'madame butterfly' also one of the first films lensed in technicolor

  • Oct 10, 2014

    A beautiful & soulful tragedy about a beautiful Asain woman (Lotus Flower) who finds an American man who mysteriously has washed up at sea. Naturally she falls in love with him but sadly he must leave & in time forgets her, her story of loss is so touching & you really feel for her. This is actually a whole film in color which is an amazing achievement for 1922. This is a masterful that was only rediscovered in the mid 1980's. It's a must see silent that is much more than a common Melodrama.

    A beautiful & soulful tragedy about a beautiful Asain woman (Lotus Flower) who finds an American man who mysteriously has washed up at sea. Naturally she falls in love with him but sadly he must leave & in time forgets her, her story of loss is so touching & you really feel for her. This is actually a whole film in color which is an amazing achievement for 1922. This is a masterful that was only rediscovered in the mid 1980's. It's a must see silent that is much more than a common Melodrama.

  • Jan 05, 2014

    A film that should be seen by silent cinematic enthusiastic people. Its a simple story of love but one could say it shows the 'American dream' seeps into a Chinese girl and she marries an American only for him to go back to America and marry an American girl she's left literarily holding the baby. A film about diverse cultures? Men only wanting one thing to get it you get married? Its a sad story a shame the ending was loss.

    A film that should be seen by silent cinematic enthusiastic people. Its a simple story of love but one could say it shows the 'American dream' seeps into a Chinese girl and she marries an American only for him to go back to America and marry an American girl she's left literarily holding the baby. A film about diverse cultures? Men only wanting one thing to get it you get married? Its a sad story a shame the ending was loss.

  • Mar 07, 2013

    The film is a loose adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly replacing 19th century Meiji era Japan with China. The film is well noted as being one of the earliest films to use the Technicolor film color film process. Toll of the Sea is certainly a must watch for any fan of the silent film era.

    The film is a loose adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly replacing 19th century Meiji era Japan with China. The film is well noted as being one of the earliest films to use the Technicolor film color film process. Toll of the Sea is certainly a must watch for any fan of the silent film era.

  • Jul 08, 2012

    First movie in color, based on Madame Butterfly, pretty boring.

    First movie in color, based on Madame Butterfly, pretty boring.

  • May 11, 2012

    A great movie considering it was made 90 years ago. I have a lot of respect for Anna May Wong, who made it big on the big screen as the first Chinese/Asian female actress. I can tell the movie was made with great care to details and accuracy in portraying the Chinese, even compared with present day movies.

    A great movie considering it was made 90 years ago. I have a lot of respect for Anna May Wong, who made it big on the big screen as the first Chinese/Asian female actress. I can tell the movie was made with great care to details and accuracy in portraying the Chinese, even compared with present day movies.

  • Feb 02, 2011

    A Melodrama and the first Coloured Film about a Chinese Woman who falls in Love with an American Soldier she get pregnant from him and he tell that take her with him but he doesen't and she become Mother of a Boy Years later he come back with his Wife and they take the Boy with them a Critism on the White Supremacy Ideology of that Time

    A Melodrama and the first Coloured Film about a Chinese Woman who falls in Love with an American Soldier she get pregnant from him and he tell that take her with him but he doesen't and she become Mother of a Boy Years later he come back with his Wife and they take the Boy with them a Critism on the White Supremacy Ideology of that Time

  • Nov 24, 2010

    Or, Madame Butterfly in China.

    Or, Madame Butterfly in China.