Thursday, October 17, 2013

Limehouse Blues

I stumbled upon a movie set in the same place and time as our upcoming GURPS noir horror game - Limehoume Chinatown, London, circa 1933.  The movie was called Limehouse Blues, but renamed East End Chant.  Yay for the Internet Archive!

The film has introduced me to the lovely Anna May Wong, who apparently was the first Chinese-American movie star.  Judging from the way that Hollywood treated any non-white person at the time, that was some accomplishment.  Go look her up. She's got a fascinating biography.

On the RPG front, I'm really proud of the gang.  They've really come up with some interesting characters.  I worried everyone would end up being . . . well, I'm not sure.  Boring.  But no - they come up with some great stuff.  So, we've got one a British detective that knows all of the detective stuff and a Chinese policeman from Hong Kong who doesn't know how to police, but knows how to Kung Fu the bad guys.  We've also got an Arab-American demon hunter who might be the son of Iblis.  We've also got a Mata Hari type secret agent seductress from Brazil, and daughter of a South African rancher who hunts monsters for science.  And it looks like we will have a film actress who plays a vampire in the movies, and actually happens to be one in real life - or at least she will when she finally gets bitten.

So it looks like great fun.  I hope they all don't die right away. :)

- Ark


  1. Sounds like you're going to have fun with it. Let us know how it goes . . . from time to time.

  2. That was an excellent film--the characters were quite real. I've never seen any of the actors before, even though I've watched many films from that era. Anna May Wong has quite the deep voice, which surprised me.