Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl (1919)

a.k.a Broken Blossoms

The love story of an abused English girl and a Chinese Buddhist in a time when London was a brutal and harsh place to live.


Nearly perfect acting. A tragic and emotional masterpiece.

To appreciate this movie, the viewer should be familiar with silent movies other than Chaplin or Keaton and consider the period in which this was made.

Some of the best acting performances I have seen in any picture from any era. The editing and Billy Bitzer's camerawork are very good as well.

A must-see for lovers of true sadness. This is how tragedy and emotions should be transferred to celluloid.

Don't watch it on, its quality is poor and it does not have a musical score, instead get the DVD released by

11 years ago


A white man playing an asian by squinting his eyes looks even more ridiculous than blackface, somehow…

9 years ago


Great portrayal of emotion and despair, awful portrayal of race. Like, I wonder if Mickey Rooney got the idea to squint from this movie.

6 years ago

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