|Directed by||Frank Mattison|
|Screenplay by||Cecil Hill|
L. V. Jefferson
|Story by||Calvin Holivey|
|Edited by||Minnie Steppler|
|Distributed by||Trinity Pictures|
China Slaver is a 1929 American action film produced by Trinity Pictures. Directed by Frank Mattison and written by Cecil Hill and L. V. Jefferson based on a story by Calvin Holivey and Rupert Hughes, the film features a cast that includes Sôjin Kamiyama, Albert Valentino, Irisi Yamaoka, Ben Wilson, Jimmy Aubrey, and James Leong. The storyline involves a Chinese spy who is sent to infiltrate a remote island that is suspected to have become a hotbed of narcotics and white slavery under the rule of a tyrannical Chinese criminal. The film received generally lukewarm reviews from critics, although Sojin's performance in particular was praised.
- Sôjin Kamiyama as Ming Foy/Wing Foy/The Cobra
- Albert Valentino as Mark Conover
- Iris Yamaoka or Iris Shan as Foo
- Ben Wilson as Sam Warren
- Jimmy Aubrey as Willie Kegg
- James Leong as Lee Mandarin
- Carl Theobald
- Robert Shaw
- Dick Sutherland
- Opal Baker
The project was first announced in December 1928, after Albert Valentino announced his participation in the film alongside Sojin; Trinity Pictures acquired distribution rights, with the film's release date set at January 25, 1929. Touting its noteworthy cast, the film was marketed as "the year's most exciting melodrama".
A reviewer for Photoplay described China Slaver as a "rather ragged production attempting epical heights", but "handicapped by an overly-fantastic story and amateur direction." However, he also lauded Sojin for his "excellent" and "inscrutable" performance.
- Kenneth Munden, ed. (1997). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press. p. 125. ISBN 9780520209695.
- "(Untitled)". Democrat and Chronicle. December 2, 1928. p. 57.
- "The China Slaver". Reading Times. April 29, 1929. p. 9.
- "The China Slavers". Photoplay. April 1929. p. 114.
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