Bombs Over Burma

A Chinese schoolteacher joins guerrilla fighters in battling the Japanese and unmasking duplicitous spies.
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 5 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: June 28, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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User Ratings: 377
Rating: 1/5 -- Grade-Z filler. Full Review
TV Guide
Mar 14, 2019
Bombs Over Burma is a dud. Full Review
New York Times
Aug 8, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- This late-career flick (while not as flashy as her more famous hits) nonetheless provides a wonderful glimpse at [Wong 's] abilities to shine her star power. Full Review
Film Threat
Aug 4, 2005
Highly creative, visually inventive - if low budget - film. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 8, 2008

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Anna May Wong began her career in silent films and quickly came to the attention of Douglas Fairbanks, who cast her in a prominent role in The Thief of Baghdad. To escape type-casting after a series of concubine and slave girl roles, she went to Europe, where parts in film and on stage were better for the Chinese-American actress. Wong returned to the U.S., and continued to create strong portraits for directors Erich Von Stroheim, Nicholas Ray and Ross Hunter. Before passing away in Santa Monica, California in 1961, she appeared in numerous television shows and dramas, and was the first Chinese-American to star in her own series, "The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong" (1951).

China. World War II. The bloody Burma Road must be kept open for Allied troop convoys at any cost by a brave but shorthanded crew. After a surprise attack, the group suspects a traitor is amongst them. The beautiful Lin Yang - who teaches school by day and spies for the Allies by night - is assigned to find out who is responsible for leaking costly information to the Japanese.

Driven by the horrifying memory of innocent villagers who were slaughtered by the enemy, Lin Yang travels the treacherous road with an unlikely group of strangers. Englishman Sir Roger Howe and American Slim Jenkins aide her in a desperate race against time to stop the devastating bombs over Burma.

With unflinching scenes of aerial assaults and battlefield brutality, writer-director Joseph H. Lewis creates a taut, suspenseful wartime adventure.

Product Description:

Lin Yang (Anna May Wong) is a schoolteacher asked to perform heroics in this World War II-era thriller. Set in China, the film follows Yang as she tries to figure out who is leaking vital information about the Allied forces to the Japanese. Having had her memory permanently scarred by the terrible fates meted out to some of her friends, Yang performs the task with a steely determination. Corralling a group of fellow intrepid souls, the heroic teacher must act fast before more information is leaked and further bloodshed occurs. Shot in 1942, BOMBS OVER BURMA features a strong performance from Anna May Wong, who fought hard against racial stereotyping in Hollywood, and helped open up more interesting roles for Chinese-American actresses.


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Early War Years Winner Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- May, 23, 2009

Released in 1942, this film has enough action, suspense, intrigue, mystery and propoganda to make it well worth watching.

Great for the era.... Movie Lover: from Waco, TX US -- June, 27, 2007

This was exactly what I wantede to reflect the era. Gave a good insight into the Japanese Chinese conflict before WWII and just before the AVG arrived.

Anna Mae Wong was excellent and I ordered another one

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  • UPC: 089218479297
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