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The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Chung King
Yvonne Monlaur ...
Lee
Geoffrey Toone ...
Capt. Jackson Sale
Marne Maitland ...
Beggar
Brian Worth ...
District Commissioner Harcourt
Ewen Solon ...
Tang How - Tong Leader's Aide
Roger Delgado ...
Tang Hao, tong enforcer
Richard Leech ...
Insp. Bob Dean
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Dr. Fu Chao, tong member
Marie Burke ...
Maya
Barbara Brown ...
Helena Sale
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Mr. Ming
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Gill ...
Beamish
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Confucius (as Eric Young)
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Storyline

A secret society of Hong-Kong at the beginning of the century called "The Red Dragon Tong" kidnaps the captain of a ship in the harbour of Hong-Kong as he tries to detain the killers of his daughter. Because the secret society is very powerful it is not easy to free him from their hands. Written by Volker Boehm

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THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE RED DRAGON CRUSHES MILLIONS OF HELPLESS PEOPLE IN ITS GREEDY POWERFUL CLAWS...NO ONE IS SAFE FROM ITS DRUG-CRAZED HATCHETMEN...NOT EVEN YOU!!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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15 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror of the Hatchet Men  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)| (Eastmancolor) (UK prints)| (USA, theatrical prints)| (Technicolor) (USA, TV prints)

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1.66 : 1
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Christopher Lee reported to work on the film after a vacation in Northern Italy with a deep tan, which was problematic for the make-up department as his character was supposed to have very pale skin. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Ming: [to Jackson] A witness too frightened to talk is no witness at all.
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Surprisingly this is a Hammer film!
6 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 1910 Hong Kong Christopher Lee plays Chung King, an evil leader of tongs who will kill anyone who stands in their way of their slave and opium trade.

A sea captain (Geoffrey Toone) battles them when his daughter is murdered. Violence follows and then bodies begin piling up.

Unusual Hammer film--not really a horror movie--more like a violent action film. Lee is having a whale of a time playing King and Toone is OK in his role. Everyone else is pretty terrible--especially pretty Yvonne Monlaur and all the Asian actors. The low budget does show and the script is sort of scattershot.

I'm giving it a 7 because it's no longer than it needs to be (79 minutes), Lee is very good, there's some beautiful color photography and some pretty strong bloody violence for 1961--but then this IS a Hammer film.

Worth seeing on a slow day.


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