Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Also known as Hai Tang, this exotic melodrama was filmed in both German and English-language versions. The title character, played by Anna May Wong, is a dancer in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Hay Tang is offered a life of luxury by a powerful Russian Grand Duke, but she turns him down, preferring the love of a lowly lieutenant in the Imperial army. The Grand Duke responds by threatening dire consequences for the lieutenant, whereupon Hay Tang finds herself on the horns of a dilemma. Just then, the girl's brother appears with gun in hand, shooting and wounding the Duke. To save her brother from execution, Hay Tang promises unswerving sexual devotion to the Duke -- while the lieutenant waits longingly at home, waiting and longing for his sweetheart's return.
blackmail, brother, dance [art], dilemma, execution, love, self-sacrifice, sex