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

I wish you would take

that squealing thing from him.

You should get him a wife. It's time

he brought grandsons into this house.

- In time. In time.

- lf you told him to marry...

...you're not sure he would obey.

- So you spare yourself dealing with him.

- There is no need to deal with him.

- Shall I tell you a secret thing in your heart?

- No.

Our third son is the son you love best,

but most uneasily.

He's different from the others.

You fear that.

That's why you go on the far side

of an argument.

Our sons wait for their towels.

Jade. Jade, where is my towel? Jade?

Thank you, Jade.

I've not seen her since the sun

was in the middle of the sky.

The matchmaker cheated us.

- What? My wife is not in the house?

- I could not find her.

This comes of women having their feet free.

Nowadays they run around like goats.

- May I help you, Mother?

- Have you ever done so?

Or has your worthless one?

All that is done in this house, I do.

- At least my wife stays at home.

- Jade has a reason to go to the village.

When a woman knows a man wants her,

she will ever display herself.

That is true. Have you not seen

our fourth cousin look at Jade?

He resembles a sick cat:

I would beat her until she was

not so good to look upon.

If more of that were done,

there will be less trouble with wives.

Only men should make sure first

they are able.

These new-fashioned women

are not easily beaten.

I will dress and go find her.

Then we will see who is able.

Eat first, my son, and your arm

will be stronger for all this beating.

Who tries to see within our house

without himself being seen?

Are you eating, wife of my third cousin?

Our rice is poor and scanty.

And we have no pork at all.

- But will you share it with us?

- Thank you. But I cannot.

Are you alone, then?

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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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