Toll of the Sea, The (1922)

This is Anna May Wong playing Lotus Flower who falls in love with an American. It’s silent. It’s the first movie printed to be used in a regular film projector and the 8th color movie ever made.

This made Anna May Wong the first Asian leading lady in a motion picture. She later become the first Asian lady to have a TV show. This role is much different that the anti-Japanese films she did in the 40′s. She was looked on as Chinese, but was born and grew up in California.

She had a hard time finding work as a leading lady because a Chinese woman kissing a white man was just not done in 1922. She did quite a few films in Europe and vaudeville, which didn’t work out really well. Still, she usually found herself singled out for acclaim with everything she did.

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