Java Head / Tiger Bay
Friday 17th June 2011
Anna May Wong (1905 - 1961) was the first Asian American movie star to become an international star. Her career spanned over four decades. She started in Technicolor's first two-strip color movie, The Toll of the Sea (1922) and was chosen by Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. to be in The Thief of Bagdad (1924), and co-starred with Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932). Both Hollywood and Europe proclaimed her exoticism and she became known for her fluid grace and languid sexuality on screen. Now Optimum Home Entertainment is releasing Java Head / Tiger Bay on DVD from 20th June 2011.
Directors: Thorold Dickinson & J. Walter Ruben
Starring: Anna May Wong, Elizabeth Allan and John Loder}
A heavy-breathing melodrama of the White Cargo school, Java Head was adapted from the novel by Joseph Hergesheimer.
The port city of Bristol, England, in the 1800s is home to Java Head, a sailing ship line company. The owner has two sons. One, a handsome seafarer, is in love with a local girl, but cannot marry her due to a long-running feud between their fathers. After a lengthy voyage, he returns with a very exotic, noble Chinese wife (Anna May Wong), which scandalizes the conservative town. His other son, a "landlubber", seeks to convert to steamships, to the disgust of his father. Even worse, he is secretly dealing in contraband.
Director: J. Elder Wills
Starring: Anna May Wong, Henry Victor & Lawrence Grossmith
A young Englishman abroad, Michael, visits the local low-life spot of Tiger Bay to test his assertion that the spirit of human romance survives even in the most unpromising of circumstances. He intervenes when a local criminal protection racketeer targets a Chinese nightclub, and falls in love with the owner's young English foster-sister. But Olaf's gang have only just started their campaign against Lui Chang (Anna May Wong), the cultured, elegant woman who owns the premises... and she is determined not to be intimidated or driven out of business under any circumstances...
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Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.