#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – The American missionary Megan Davis arrives in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War to marry the missionary Dr. Robert Strife. However, Robert postpones their wedding to rescue some orphans in an orphanage in Chapei section that is burning in the middle of a battlefield. While returning to Shanghai with the children, they are separated in the crowd, Megan is hit in the head and knocked out, but is saved by General Yen and brought by train to his palace. As the days go by, the General’s mistress Mah-Li becomes close to Megan and when she is accused of betrayal for giving classified information to the enemies, Megan asks for her life. The cruel General Yen falls in love for the naive and pure Megan and accepts her request to spare the life of Mah-Li against the will of his financial advisor Jones. Meanwhile Megan feels attracted by the powerful and gentle General Yen, but resists to his flirtation. When Mah-Li betrays General Yen and destroys his empire, Megan realizes that to be able to do good works, one has to have wisdom and decides to stay with him while the General drinks his bitter last tea.
Plot: An American missionary is gradually seduced by a courtly warlord holding her in Shanghai.
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pre-Code and pre-typical Capra
Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther star in “The Bitter Tea of General Yen,” a 1933 film also starring Walter Connelly and Toshia Mori.
Stanwyck plays missionary Megan Davis who comes to China during their civil war in order to marry another missionary, Dr. Strike (Gavin Gordon). Before they can be married, they have to save orphans left in an orphanage some distance from Snanghai. While there, the couple get separated, and Megan ends up a guest of a General Yen, whom she had actually met earlier. She also meets his mistress, Mah-Li (Mori), with whom she becomes close. General Yen is attracted to Megan, and she to him — both attracted and repelled — and when Mah-Li is accused of selling secrets to the enemy, Megan begs that her life be spared.
This is such an unusual film for Frank Capra, and such an unusual film, period. It was banned in England because of miscegenation, even though the main characters are actually played by white people, Nils Asther being Swedish. This is precode, and the Hayes code really clamped down in the U.S. Anna May Wong was problematic casting for The Good Earth and Dragon Seed, and therefore wasn’t cast, because she could not appear opposite a white man. Featuring an interracial couple, even if they were playing the same race, likely would mean the movie would be rejected by many theater chains in regions in which anti-Asian prejudice was particularly severe. The new Motion Picture Production Code of 1934, pandering to segregationists, forbade filmmakers from portraying miscegenation in a positive light. Casting a Chinese-American opposite a Caucasian might be construed as promoting miscegenation.
The film is very atmospheric, sexually charged, and beautifully acted by the leads. It was particularly a tour de force for Asther, though his career eventually fizzled. Walter Connelly plays a different kind of character, a tough American siding with General Yen.
Well worth seeing for its place in history as well as for Stanwyck and Asther.
An unexpected senseless pre-code war drama by Frank Capra which attempts to redefine loyalty and faith with pathetic use of sexual desire.
The Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1932) : Brief Review –
An unexpected senseless pre-code war drama by Frank Capra which attempts to redefine loyalty and faith with pathetic use of sexual desire. Thank god this was a box office bomb when released. I would have felt pity on audience’s taste if this baffling Intense romance had been a box office hit. I just couldn’t find a single reason to call it a ‘good film’. This is not the Capra flick I wished for. Some box office flops are actually good and deservingly gets cult following later by the smart viewers and sometimes critics but some flops are often overhyped by the same viewers and critics by the the excuse which i think is completely absurd. That’s what i exactly found here. I just don’t understand why the hell this film made it to the list of “1001 Movies You Must Watch Before You Die”. To be frank, that list sucks big time. About 40% films there are undeservingly placed and whoever has seen almost thousands of classics from world cinema (like me) would agree with it.
A womaniser Chinese warlord abducts an engaged Christian missionary for the unforced sexual desire. The girl who is committed to someone she really loved dreams of kissing General whom she actually hates and later falls in love. What the heck was that? I just couldn’t understand the logic here. I mean you are a good girl and has a boyfriend but suddenly you forget all about him and fall in a love with a hateful man? For what? Just because his slave betrayed him? What logic was that to prove philosophy of faith and loyalty? How does that work on the girl when she is the one disloyal at the moment? A big mess in the writing. Rest, it has good performances which makes it watchable but not enough to be recommended. Dear Frank Capra i Love you but sorry, this movie barely made any sense to me. Poor me, Wasted 88 mins for this lame attempt.
RATING – 5/10*
By – #samthebestest.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 28 min (88 min)
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Director Frank Capra
Writer Grace Zaring Stone, Edward E. Paramore Jr.
Actors Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Toshia Mori
Country United States
Awards 1 win
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,470.4 m (9 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm