Aboard the title train, befeathered Marlene Dietrich finds mysterious Anna May Wong (the era’s only Chinese American star) and stoic ex-lover Clive Brook, but Chinese rebel leader Warner Oland (a Swedish-born actor who also played Charlie Chan) demands an unscheduled stop. “A triumphant fusion of sin, glamour, shamelessness, art, and perhaps a furtive sense of humor.” – film critic Pauline Kael. Read about the film's cinematography. Read a Criterion essay. Read more about Marlene Dietrich and Josef von Sternberg.