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Japan’s Black and Green Dragons

Lecture no. 19 from the course: The Real History of Secret Societies

Japan’s Black and Green Dragons

Taught by Professor Richard B. Spence | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The 1942 fictional Bela Lugosi film Black Dragons was not just a figment of a screenwriter’s imagination. The real-life group was described as a “nationalistic organization” that aimed to
“inform the Japanese people of their … rights to dominate the world” and enjoyed a close relationship with the Japanese crime syndicate, the yakuza. Examine how the Black Dragons had a huge impact in pushing Japan into fanaticism, militarism, and a devastating war. Explore additional Asian-based groups, including the Green Dragons and the Genyosha (or Dark Ocean), and how they dabbled in everything from major bombings to a plan to assassinate Charlie Chaplin.


August 28, 2019