The Jade Pendant

2017

Drama / History / Western

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IMDb Rating 5.7 10 280

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Director

Cast

Godfrey Gao as Tom
Chen Tang as Joe Lee
Jamie Harris as Robert Thompson
Tsai Chin as Madame Pong
720p.WEB
981.11 MB
1280*528
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by lonetrombone 7 / 10

Good story

If you can get past the made-for-TV quality of this movie, it has a good love story. Sadly, during the "Chinese massacre of 1871," an estimated 17-20 Chinese immigrants were hanged in Los Angeles by an angry mob of 500 people.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"Sometimes there are no good choices."

Mixed feelings on this one. I thought the movie had potential starting out but it seemed to have lost it's way with a questionable continuity and loss of focus. The jade pendant that gives the movie it's title has no real impact on the story, it's simply something worn by the film's female lead (Clara Lee). Presenting Ying Ying/Peony (Lee) as a kung fu master was a surprising twist some way into the picture, but again, the writers seemed to have dropped the ball with this facet of her character. Not that this should have been a martial arts flick, but the revelation held some promise for further action beyond the marketplace scene that established her talent. Set pieces seemed to occur at random, like Sam's (Brian Yang) romantic attachment to Li Li (Nina Wu), and the white thugs dispatching Tom Wong's (Godfrey Gao) father (Russell Wong) after he had been long removed from the original story seemed forced. The most surprising aspect of the film occurred right at the finale when the story turned on a dime to mention the massacre of nineteen Chinese in Los Angeles on October 21, 1871 in one of the most horrific mass lynchings in the country's history. The movie would have been served better, if that's the point it wanted to make, to key in on events that were more global in nature relative to the Chinese community, rather than the ill fated love story between Tom and Ying Ying. Nice try I guess, but it could have been a lot better.

Reviewed by sfwriter999 3 / 10

Bad Melodrama

The sets and costumes look great, but the movie is mostly a melodrama with bad acting. I did like the acting from the older actors such as Tzi Ma (Yu Hing, Evil Triad Leader from Hong Kong) and Tsai Chin (Madame Pong with a Heart of Gold), but the younger actors had wooden line delivery and horrible dialog.

The majority of the movie is about Peony (Exceptional Virtuous Kung Fu Gal) and Tom (Great Looking Nice Guy / Chef) falling in love near Sutter's Mill, but the acting and writing was horribly melodramatic (for example the bench scene where Tom shuffles near Peony and if it was for comedic effect, it wasn't) and unbelievable. The white people pick on Chinese and the Chinese Tong pick on the Chinese. Then we throw in some random Kung Fu.

When the couple finally get together, (insert weirdly long lyrical sex scene compared to the rest of the film) they run off to Los Angeles and hide with a Family Association there. But of course, the Triad finds them and causes the riot in LA that kills 19 people.

There's a badly filmed melodramatic fight between Peony, Tom, and Yu Hing during the riot. And Yu Hing has a derringer that doesn't seem to need reloading.

The riot / lynching party which is emphasized in the trailer is only about 10 mins of the film. This, the most interesting part of the movie is a side note.

I wished this movie was more of a documentary or followed a documentary style of storytelling instead of a badly done love story with slight bits of comedy, Kung Fu, PG-13 sex scene (no breasts), bad fight scene, and bad acting.

The Chinese in the movie spoke Mandarin, I would rather they spoke Cantonese or Taishan to make it more historical. The English dialog was odd to in that you'd think they'd speak Mandarin when they were weren't any white people around. I would have preferred that as their English delivery was pretty terrible and would have preferred that they spoke in their native language.

Overall, there's not enough movies with a majority of Chinese actors, too bad this movie is terrible.

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