racial hyperbole in the service of a film of astounding sensitivity and intellectual integrity. a dialectic of rationality and romanticism, godlessness and faith - but by what or whom are these contrasting points of view truly represented? we're left to stew in a state of abjection, depression, and irresolution, though with a synthesized romance both indelicate and poetic, crude and beautiful
An excellent Capra film, one of his less remembered masterpieces, up there with American Madness in that regard. This one almost has a feel of Sternberg as mentioned by others or even Murnau at times. The plot is interesting, but its carried by the great performances by Stanwyck and co and the general moody atmosphere. A gem from the pre-Code, worth seeking out for sure. 4.5 stars
Monumental Chinxploitation of mythic proportions, this elaborate troll, via lens of Occidental Christianity against itself (Yen as ultimate romantic martyr) borders quasi-excessive amidst its skins of racial irony. Trolldom in using intricately sensual ornamentation, of demure psychosexuality in miscegenetic exotica, to eventually expose a most delicate true love brings about an interwoven complexity unprecedented.
Lesser known Capra film starring Barbara Stanwyck as a missionary taken by a Chinese warlord who finds herself being 'converted' by him instead. Stanwyck is great in this atmospheric and engaging drama but it's Nils Asther , who regardless of the discriminatory hiring policies of the studios at the time, who carries the film portraying the title role. Very well written script with memorable camera work by J. Walker.