The Curse of Quon Gwon

1916 film by Marion E. Wong

The Curse of Quon Gwon is a Chinese American silent film.[1] It is the oldest known Asian American film.[1] It was completed in 1916.[2][3] The producer of the film was Marion E. Wong.[4] The Curse of Quon Gwon is a film about a family who are cursed for beginning to accept Western culture.[5]

The cast


Wong and her family made up the cast of the movie.[4] [6] Wong played many parts in the making of the film.[4] [7] She was the director of the film, the main villain, costume designer, and the producer of The Curse of Quon Gwon.[4] [7] Wong got financial help from her uncle.[6] [7] Wong’s sister-in-law, her mother, and her niece were all part of the cast, as well as many more. [4][7][8]

Release of the film


The Curse of Quon Gwon used to have 7 reels, but only 2 survived.[1][4][6] Because of this, the movie is 42 minutes long.[4] On July 21, 2005, the reels were released.[1]

What happened to the film company


The film company went bankrupt after making the movie.[6]


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  2. "Screen Asia: The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West". Asia Society. Retrieved 2023-02-13.
  3. The Curse of Quon Gwon, retrieved 2023-02-13
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "Marion E. Wong – Women Film Pioneers Project". Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  5. Wong, Marian E., The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (Short), Mandarin Film Co., retrieved 2023-01-17
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Marion Wong - Oakland - LocalWiki". Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916/1917)". The Horse's Head. 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  8. "The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916) A Silent Film Review". Movies Silently. 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2023-01-17.

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