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The Face of Fu Manchu -- Christopher Lee plays the malevolent anti-hero of the popular Sax Rohmer novels for the first time in The Face of Fu Manchu.


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Release Date:
24 October 1965 (USA) See more »
Obey Fu Manchu Or Every Living Thing Will Die!
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 »
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  (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 Franklyn ... Morgue Attendant (as John Franklin)
Conor Evans ... River Police Officer
Derek Young ... Village Official
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Lally ... Boy in Village (uncredited)

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
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
89 min | UK:92 min (2003)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Fu Manchu:[broadcasting by radio] Attention! Attention! This is Fu Manchu. Stand by for an important message. I repeat, this is Fu Manchu. You know now that I must be obeyed, that I am all-powerful. In two more days I shall give my commands. They will be carried out at once... or ten thousand shall die. Ten thousand. And one particular man. That is all.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Grindhouse (2007)See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Probably the best of the Chris Lee 'Fu Manchu' movies, 14 April 2001
Author: sayesele from Newcastle, England

Undoubtedly the best of the series of Fu Manchu films produced in the late 60s, well cast and well directed by Don Sharp, who commendably eschewed camp 'Boys Own' heroics to produce a gripping adventure-thriller. Christopher Lee (as one would expect) is suitably menacing and inscrutable as Fu Manchu, even though the emphasis on his hypnotic eyes is an obvious reference to his role as Dracula. The ever-reliable Nigel Green (Zulu)turns in a solid 'Holmes-ian' performance as Fu Manchu's nemesis Nayland Smith, while James Robertson Justice has a memorable cameo as an irascible museum curator.

The highpoint of the film is undoubtedly the chilling sequence set in a English village, where all the inhabitants have been killed by poisoned gas. It still sends a shiver up the spine. The first sequel, Brides of Fu Manchu, with Douglas Wilmer as Nayland Smith, is watchable, even though it is basically a retread of the first movie, but the films which followed (especially the two directed by the notorious Jess Franco)are absolutely dire.

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