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China Gate(1957)

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The working title of this film was Gates of China. The film's onscreen title reads "Samuel Fuller's China Gate." Fuller's other credit appears onscreen as "Written Produced-Directed by Samuel Fuller." The picture opens with a voice-over narration describing the history of Vietnam, from the arrival of French missionaries to the Japanese invasion and the drive of Ho Chi Minh to make Vietnam an appendage of Chinese Communism. This narration is shown over actual documentary footage of the Indo-Chinese war, according to the Daily Variety review. French rule in Vietnam extended from the 19th century until World War II, when the country was invaded by Japan. At the war's end, the predominately Communist Viet Minh, which had led the resistance movement against the Japanese, declared the country's independence. The French, however, fought the new government in an effort to reestablish colonial rule. The French Indochina War then ensued, until France admitted defeat in 1954. As noted in modern sources, China Gate was notable because it dealt with American intervention in Vietnam before most Americans knew that the U.S. was aiding the French. Although January 1957 Hollywood Reporter news items place Judy Dann and Harold Fong in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Another January 1957 Hollywood Reporter news item adds that exterior scenes were shot in Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, CA.