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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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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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NOW YOU CAN SEE SPINE-TINGLING TONG TERROR! (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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Christopher Lee said in interviews that the make-up he sported in this movie to transform him into a Chinese man was the most uncomfortable make-up that he had to endure at that point in time. See more »

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Mr. Ming: [to Jackson] A witness too frightened to talk is no witness at all.
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Terror is the word
23 March 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It's all too easy to understand why this is such a rarity now - forget the political incorrectness, the most terrible thing about it is the sheer tedium. One brief scene of mild off-screen torture, a couple of badly choreographed fights and a LOT of sitting around talking to French or Irish actors pretending to be Chinese makes for a very, very long 80 minutes. Lee is mostly inert throughout the movie and has little to do, leading lady's Yvonne Monlaur's thick French accent and bad makeup make a mockery of her every scene and a plot which somehow manages to mix revenge, opium ("the pipe of dreams"), brothels, corruption, secret societies and murder and do nothing of even the remotest interest with them leaves you wondering how many irreplaceable body cells died while you were watching. The only pluses are Arthur Grant's photography and Bernard Robinson's typically beautiful production design and sets, both better than anything you'll see in even the best of Harry Allan Towers' superior Fu Manchu series, but other than that the most memorable thing in the film for me was the curious fact that, made up as a Chinaman, Marne Maitland looks just like my dog - and I don't think she'd be flattered by the comparison!

Only the existence of 'George and Mildred' stops this from being one of Hammer's very, very worst. Dull beyond belief.


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