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The Tong-Man


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Drama of a young Chinaman in San Francisco's Chinatown who refuses to kill the the father of the girl he loves, and escapes with the girl from the clutches of the villain, who is chief of a powerful Chinese secret society.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Helen Jerome Eddy, Toyo Fujita, Sessue Hayakawa, Marc Roberts, Yutaka Abe
  • Directors: William Worthington
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Televista
  • DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001MEJXXI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,871 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Gray on January 9, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of Sessue Hayakawa, this early movie is very well worth having, especially with urban location shooting, including rooftops.
If you could not care less about Hayakawa, this movie is not rewarding enough to purchase, and contributes very little to a library of cinema.

I have every Hayakawa movie available on DVD, and my personal favorite is The Cheat, from 1919.

Which edition of The Tong Man should you buy is the question.

For me top priority is given to the visual quality.

The visual quality of this edition is surprisingly very acceptable,
and the story STILL makes sense, and flows well.
It's BIG BIG fault........
This edition has 10 minutes of it's original 58 minute running time missing!
I believe it is the longest version which still survives.
Yes, it still has the "famous" scene of a man being hit in the face with a hatchet.
Actually, it is never glaringly obvious that the movie is missing so much footage.
Another fault is the poor repetitive music sound track. Although it is not hideous, just think "very bad".
This is pretty much standard for low budgeted silent movie editions, which do not have a new music score composed for the movie.
Not one piece of Chinese music is used. Instead they thrown in a waltz, etc.
They do a poor job of matching the scene structure and the pace, degrading the movie.
Still, it is not bad enough to ruin the viewing experience, as it almost does.
I have found only one other edition of this movie, which I have not viewed.
It is from "Grapevine Cinema", AND they claim it is the full 58 minutes long.
However, the DVD includes a silent one reeler, and voila, we are back to the 48 minute version of "The Tong Man".
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