Release Date: July 27, 1937
An Austrian-American actor plays a Japanese man in the 1930s so you expect it to be racist, and while that is probably true, it isn’t egregious in my opinion. His character is treated with respect, doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes for comedic reasons, and is the hero of the story.
As for the film, it was enjoyable for what it was supposed to be. With a short runtime of just over an hour, it did an excellent job of packing all the story you need without fluff. A downside is it also doesn’t really have any character development, but that isn’t the point of the film anyway. The point was a super badass detective is looking for smugglers and kicking ass along the way. I liked the fact they didn’t give him some love interest like in a Bond movie, although they did have that type of story line for the main supporting actor. All in all, it was a fun movie and made me want to check out another one of them, which is a pretty big compliment I guess.