World of Suzie Wong, The (1960)

The World of Suzie Wong (1960), directed by Richard Quine.

William Holden's adventures with a Chinese prostitute, played by the lovely Nancy Kwan.

The first half is fairly light. Holden is a perfect gentleman withstanding great temptation; in fact he seems to be made of asbestos. The second half turns romantic and weepy, with a dramatic mudslide disaster in the city hills at the end.

Pretty girl and impressive Hong Kong locations, but that's about it. Two hours is a bit long for this.

Kudos for letting Asian actors play Asian roles; it took a while to happen. By contrast look at Lord Jim made five years later, where they still can't quite bring themselves to allow it.

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