Sessue Hayakawa stars as the San Francisco Tong’s deadliest hatchet man but then he is called upon to assassinate a fellow with an incredibly beautiful daughter. I bet you’ll never guess what happens instead!
Hayakawa brings his trademark intensity but the film is stymied by racial stereotypes and a sloppy script that relies on the heroine fainting every ten seconds. Sigh. For Hayakawa fans only.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
The heroine’s dad dies but Hayakawa is able to save her and they depart on a ship to China. This is not very surprising and I’m not even sure if a spoiler hiding mechanism is needed for this. It’s like revealing that Cinderella lived happily ever after.
If it were a dessert it would be: Yogurt-covered almonds. The good stuff (almonds!) is covered in partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, emulsifiers and sugar. Blech!
Availability: The Tong Man has been released on DVD.