Dragon Seed

Synopsis: Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang's two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er's wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930's China. Tang's only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Production: Warner Home Video
148 min

Women are not the same as we are.

Married four months

and you just found this out?

But here is another thing:

women do not think as men do.

Women should not think.

They're not equal to it.

My wife Jade is equal to it.

You worry too much

about that one of yours.

When she has a son,

a son will be more important.

A son. I have not yet a wife...

As I would have her.

She is like a western wind.

When I reach for her, she's gone.

Even western wind

can be caught and tamed.

I do not want her tame.

Only, I do not understand her.

She is mine and yet she is not mine.

When I touch her, it is as if her spirit goes

and only her body is left.

She is beautiful and sweet-smelling.

Is that not enough?

It is your fault. I've watched you.

When the men sit and smoke,

you're the first to leave.

Can I help it

if the desire for sleep overcomes me?

Do you not know that with a woman,

eagerness passes for weakness?

- Sit with the old men until the last as I do.

- That is easy for you.

I've not found Jade

in the same place twice.

And never waiting for me.

- Do you think that is the answer?

- Yes.

Then I will not go to her until dawn.

And perhaps not even then.

Jade, Orchid.

The men of the house are at home.

Now, where are the women

my sons married?

Jade, Orchid. Oh, there you are.

- Your husband comes. Attend him.

- I go, Mother.

Take this clean towel I have made ready.

Mother, I must tell you

about my youngest child.

My grandchild? What about her?

She was lying there and all at once,

she opened her mouth and I thought...

I thought she was going to speak.

You are surely one of those

who has given birth...

...and remains in a daze

at what you've done.

- Your husband waits.

- Yes.



- Take care.

- You take care.

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Marguerite Roberts

Marguerite Roberts (21 September 1905 – 17 February 1989) was an American screenwriter, one of the highest paid in the 1930s. After she and her husband John Sanford refused to testify in 1951 before the House Un-American Activities Committee, she was blacklisted for nine years and unable to get work in Hollywood. She was hired again in 1962 by Columbia Pictures. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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