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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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They were the Oldest Secret Cult in the World... And the Most Fendish! 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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The film takes place in Hong Kong in 1910. See more »

Quotes

Tang How - Tong Leader's Aide: The police have been called in.
The Tong Leader: The police? The police have been ineffectual for the last hundred years, and will doubtless continue to be so.
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Very bland, generic
19 May 2002 | by (The Land of Mortis) – See all my reviews

This film is a solid (decent pacing, some action, okay acting) Hammer entry. Lee plays a slightly toned down version of his Fu Manchu character-being in charge of a tong rather than a world threatening organization. His chief opponent, a rather clueless and lucky ship captain calls to mind many third rate serial heroes who are constantly being bailed out by others. A couple of amusing cast notes-we've got the Jon Pertwee "Master" villain from Doctor Who in here as Lee's right hand man, and the french lead from "Brides of Dracula" gives another lousy performance, here as a doomed half-chinese concubine.

Which brings me to the chief value of this movie-it really gives one a good insight into English attitudes towards the Chinese and their colonial possesion, Hong Kong. First is the fact that there are no major chinese characters *played* by chinese actors-not an uncommon occurance in this era, to be sure (John Wayne, for example, as Ghengis Khan!). Second, the chinese rarely take any direct action in this film, and they need a western "man of action" to get the people to topple the tongs. Third, Lee and many other characters are extremely fatalist. I do not believe the film was *meant* to come off as racist as it now feels-but that is a function of the times. This film is basically a rather dull adventure film, with a huge imperialist subtext, if anyone cares to notice.


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