This was like Black Mirror long before Black Mirror was. Really though, the highlight is the little dog, Peke, who seems more than thrilled to live in a burlap sack Rod Steiger carries around.
This film is why you need to still look at older, outdated representations of race in film because it is fascinating. Yes, it makes up white actors to look Asian, but it also:
Told a story with an all-Asian set of characters in 1937
Cast Asian actors in sympathetic parts
Featured fine white actors putting forth their best effort to portray their roles with dignity
That does not excuse the ignorance, but it was fascinating to see how far a…