China Gate

China Gate

DVD - 2013 | Widescreen edition.
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Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border, to blow up an arms depot. A Eurasian smuggler, Lucky Legs, agrees to use her connections to help them, in return they agree to take her illegitimate son to America. The racist father of the boy is also part of the multinational group. Lucky Legs must use the love of a Eurasian guerilla leader, Major Cham, to get access to the base.
Publisher: [St. Charles, Ill.] : Olive Films, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD CHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 in.


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Jun 08, 2017

This film released in 1957 should be of interest to those studying the history of the racism of the Hollywood film industry from its very beginnings until today. Samuel Fuller directed this rather ordinary, somewhat low budget, film about French Foreign Legionnaires from various countries fighting to help France dominate its colony of Vietnam (way before America's involvement). Fuller was one of the very few American directors of that time that were interested in exploring the subject of American white supremacy. While the film included the controversy of including a black lead, singer Nat King Cole, the victim of the American white racism was perpetrated against a very young Chinese or Vietnamese boy.

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