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Director:
Writers:
Sax Rohmer (characters)
Harry Alan Towers (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 October 1965 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die!
Plot:
Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility that fiendish Fu Manchu may not after all be dead... See more » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Hollywood's 12 Worst Cases of Ethnic Miscasting
 (From NextMovie. 1 July 2013, 1:00 PM, PDT)

Hammer Director Sharp Dies
 (From WENN. 27 December 2011, 4:01 AM, PST)

Rest in Peace: Hammer Films' Don Sharp
 (From Dread Central. 26 December 2011, 9:58 PM, PST)

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The high point of this five-film series unwisely tries to adopt the style of the James Bond films. See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Fu Manchu

Nigel Green ... Nayland Smith
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Carl Jannsen

Karin Dor ... Maria Muller

James Robertson Justice ... Sir Charles
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)

Tsai Chin ... Lin Tang
Walter Rilla ... Prof. Muller
Harry Brogan ... Prof. Gaskell

Francesca Tu ... Lotus (as Poulet Tu)
Archie O'Sullivan ... Chamberlain
Edwin Richfield ... Chief Magistrate
Joe Lynch ... Custodian
Peter Mosbacher ... Hanumon (as Peter Mossbacher)

Ric Young ... Grand Lama (as Eric Young)
Deborah DeLacey ... Slave Girl (as Deborah De Lacey)

Jim Norton ... Mathius
Jack O'Reilly ... Constable
Peter Mayock ... Soldier
Aiden Grennell ... Security Guard
Ray Mackin ... Soldier
Kevin Flood ... Traffic Policeman
John Franklin ... Morgue Attendant
Conor Evans ... River Police Officer
Derek Young ... Village Official

Directed by
Don Sharp 
 
Writing credits
Sax Rohmer (characters)

Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer (as Peter Welbeck)
Oliver A. Unger .... executive producer (as Oliver Unger)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Whelen 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Art Direction by
Frank White 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Box .... hairdresser (as Ann Box)
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Comfort .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barrie Melrose .... assistant director
Anthony B. Unger .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Cameron .... sound recordist
Fred Hughesdon .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator (as Jimmy Bawden)
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator: second unit (as H.A.R. Thompson)
Michael Browne .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
John Colville .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christopher Whelen .... conductor
Ivor Slaney .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
89 min | UK:92 min (2003)
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
In New York City, there was a municipal election being held at the time of the film's release, and a creative publicist had posters declaring "Fu Manchu for Mayor" printed. Fu Manchu ultimately wound up with a considerable write-in vote on election day.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the movie when Smith and Janssen rescue Prof. Muller and set up the bomb they capture Lin Tang, tie her up and gag her. Lin Tang is seen in the following making a great show of struggling against her bonds and even falling behind the bed, so that the guards did not find her when they looked into the room, so she couldn't alert them. So far the story, but looking at the way Lin Tang was tied up she would have been able to remove the gag every time she wanted to and cry out for help.See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
The high point of this five-film series unwisely tries to adopt the style of the James Bond films., 22 March 1999
Author: H. David Schleicher from Burlington, NJ

Hit and run independent film financier Harry Alan Towers made his bid for the big time in 1965. Spending more money than he ever had (or would) again, scouting attractive international locations, hiring respected craftsmen and actors and launching a multi-million dollar publicity campaign to promote his pet project. "The Face of Fu Manchu", the unlikely recipient of all this attention, represents a plateau to which Towers would never aspire again.

After publicly purchasing the pulp adventure novels of Sax Rohmer, Towers signed horror film icon Christopher Lee to a six-picture deal as the title menace. As director, Towers hired Don Sharp, maker of numerous elegant, effective horror films and probably the most talented director to put his name on a Towers contract. Writing the script himself under his nom de cinema Peter Welbeck, Towers ignored the plots of all the Rohmer novels and concocted his own. The film wisely retains the period setting of early-twentieth century London (which required shooting in Dublin, for the sake of authenticity), but alters the deductive tone of the books in favor of action sequences in the style of the James Bond films, which were then in their first flush of international success.

The finished film is beautiful to see, filmed in technicolor and cinemascope, it truly looks more expensive than it is. Encouraged, Towers launched an expensive international publicity campaign whose most notable stunt was wallpapering election-year New York City with oversized "Fu Manchu For Mayor" posters

In the end, "Face" failed to return enough money to justify the huge outlay spent in making and promoting it. The film seemed to please no one: fans of the series were outraged by the James Bondian gunplay, fights and car chases, while Bond fans were alienated by the period trappings (1920s cars just don't go that fast!). More likely, this type of film just did not have the potential to reach the mainstream audience needed to make it a success.

Although Towers continued the series, the films would steadily decline in quality, from the high point of "Face" to the home-movie calibre of the final entry, "Castle of Fu Manchu".

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