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The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 15 March 1961 (USA)
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:
Chung King
Capt. Jackson Sale
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 ...
Barbara Brown ...
Helena Sale
Mr. Ming
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Gill ...
Confucius (as Eric Young)


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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Release Date:

15 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror of the Hatchet Men  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


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

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The bone scraping scene wasn't in the first draft of the script. See more »


The Tong Leader: He that loves pleasure shall by pleasure fall.
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Fondly remembered
28 September 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

I fondly remember this film as it was the first X certificate film I ever saw.I was 14 at the time and I saw it in a double bill with Forgo at the ABC Golders Green.This is a Hammer film but not a horror film.It is set in a very studio bound Hong Kong.Nearly all of the main oriental characters are played by European actors.Christopher Lee plays the black hearted tong leader.He has a secret ally in the Hong Kong establishment.There is some violence,a torture scene which seems as if the torturer is an expert in acupuncture.There is also a great deal of Axe throwing.It is difficult at this distance in time to understand why the film was awarded an X certificate.The writer,the ubiquitous Jimmy Sangster,seems to included many plot elements from Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu films.

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