Dragon Seed

TitleDragon Seed
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1944
AuthorsBucquet, Harold S., and Jack Conway
Running Time2h 28min
Date Released07/20/1944
DistributorMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Loew's
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Dragon Seed is a 1944 war drama film starring Katharine Hepburn. Based on a best-selling book by Pearl S. Buck, the film portrays a peaceful village in China that has been invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese war (1937–1945). The men elect to adopt a peaceful attitude towards their conquerors, and the women are understood to stoically acquiesce as well, but Jade (Katharine Hepburn), a headstrong young woman, intends to stand up to the Japanese whether her husband approves or not. She learns how to read and how to handle a weapon, so that she may be properly equipped for both psychological and physical combat. Jade's attitude spreads to the rest of the village, convincing even the staunchest of male traditionalists that the Japanese can be defeated only by offering a strong united and armed front. Although racially insensitive today, the film engaged with controversial gender politics regarding the roles of women in resistance, war, and politics in the 1930s.

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