Marco Polo (I) (1962)

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Italian explorer rescues the daughter of the Mongol leader Kublai Khan, meets a hermit who has invented gunpowder and builds a cannon.

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Credited cast:
Yôko Tani ...
Princess Amurroy
Camillo Pilotto ...
Grand Khan
Pierre Cressoy ...
Michael Chow ...
Tiny Yong ...
Tai-Au (as Thien-Huong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Franco Ammirata
Tonino Cianci
Paola Falchi
Angelo Galassi
Anna Maestri
Spartaco Nale
Ching Jen Pai
Roberto Paoletti
Ada Passeri


Italian explorer rescues the daughter of the Mongol leader Kublai Khan, meets a hermit who has invented gunpowder and builds a cannon.

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August 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'avventura di un italiano in Cina  »

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Referenced in Totò d'Arabia (1966) See more »

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Marco Polo as pure fiction.
7 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's Marco Polo.It could well be Tarzan,Robin Hood,Zorro or James West.That is to say how much the plot is poor.This Italian /French production casts old Hollywood veteran Calhoun("river of no return") as the hero who leaves his native Venice for the broader horizons of Asia .A childish plot pits Marco against a villain who wants to dethrone the emperor of China and marry his daughter (who's in love with...well ,check the title).This infamous character has invented a torture Amnesty International would not allow:some kind of blade which gets closer to the face at every breath you take and it's the princess's turn!

In the sixties ,another "Marco Polo " was made (aka "Marco Polo the magnificent") circa 1965 directed by Noel Howard which was as fanciful as Fregonese's ,but was at least entertaining and featured a topflight cast who was probably in it for the money:Orson Welles,Akim Tamiroff,Robert Hossein,Horst Buchholz,Elsa Martinelli,etc.

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