Dragon Seed 1944
A strong cast render good performances in this lengthy film which is based on Pearl Buck's best-seller about the wartime atrocities leveled by the Japanese against the Chinese. Jade (Katharine Hepburn) is the aggressive and idealistic wife of Lao Er (Turhan Bey). Fearing imminent Japanese invasion, Jade persuades her husband to escape to the mountains to work in a munitions factory, although her father-in-law, Ling Tan (Walter Huston), refuses to believe that the Japanese will attack. En route they stay with Ling Tan's son-in-law, Wu Lien (Akim Tamiroff), a well-to-do merchant who slavishly collaborates with local Japanese troops. When Jade learns that Wu Lien is preparing a banquet for Japanese officers, she poisons the food; as a result, Wu Lien is executed. Jade and Lao Er later return to find Ling Tan's farm looted and the old man's opinion of the Japanese drastically changed...

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 02:27:47 | 6.77 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Francais
Genre: Drama, History, War

Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway
Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon
Country: USA

Extras:
The Screwy Squirrel cartoon "Happy Go Nutty", and an MGM promo film, "Romance of Celluloid: Twenty Years After", celebrating two decades of the studio with clips of 1924 classics next to their big pictures of 1944.

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