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24 September 1969 (USA) See more »
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Christopher Lee ... Fu Manchu
Richard Greene ... Nayland Smith
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Dr. Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Götz George ... Carl Jansen

Maria Rohm ... Ursula Wagner
Ricardo Palacios ... Sancho Lopez

Loni von Friedl ... Celeste
Frances Khan ... Carmen

Tsai Chin ... Lin Tang
Isaura de Oliveira ... Yuma

Shirley Eaton ... Black Widow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David de Keyser ... of The Governor andothers (voice)
Robert Rietty ... of Jansen and Lopez and others (voice)
Marcelo Arroita-Jáuregui ... The Governor (uncredited)
Olívia Pineschi ... One of Fu's Girl (uncredited)
Vicente Roca ... Governor's Secretary (uncredited)

Francesca Tu ... Lotus (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jesús Franco  story and screenplay (as J. Franco)
Manfred R. Köhler  story and screenplay (uncredited)
Sax Rohmer  novels
Harry Alan Towers  story and screenplay (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel White 
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino 
Film Editing by
Waltraut Lindenau (German version)
Allan Morrison (original version)
Stanley Frazen (uncredited)
Ángel Serrano (uncredited)
Production Design by
Peter Gasper (uncredited)
Production Management
Juan Estelrich .... production manager
Sound Department
Bill Creed .... dubbing editor
Malcolm Stewart .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrew .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Against All Odds" - USA (video title)
"Fu Manchu's Kiss of Death" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Kiss and Kill" - USA (alternative title)
"Kiss of Death" - USA (video title)
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92 min | Germany:82 min | USA:94 min (DVD)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Norway:16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (uncut version, re-rating) | USA:PG | USA:Unrated (DVD uncut version) | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The list of things wrong with this film could fill a book in itself., 8 March 1999
Author: H. David Schleicher from Burlington, NJ

The fourth film in the revived Fu Manchu series from hit-and-run international film producer Harry Alan Towers is the first one directed by Jesus (Jess) Franco, a cult icon best known for the staggering quantity of his films, as well as their usually appalling quality. In hindsight, Towers and Franco were destined for each other. Both were specialists in speedy international productions and each usually juggled more than one project at a time.

"Fu Manchu's Kiss of Death" (the shooting title) was filmed back-to-back (or perhaps simultaneously) with the next film in the series "The Castle of Fu Manchu" and shows evidence of having been written on the fly. The script is loosely constructed and constantly sidetracks itself with multiple subplots and far too many characters. The most intrusive involves the a South American bandit chief, whose protracted exploits take up so much screen time that viewers just walking in would think they were in the wrong theater. Probably designed to show off the Brazilian exteriors, it is tempting to say that these sequences look like rejected scenes from "The Wild Bunch", but that would be giving Franco's footage too much credit.

As evidence that Towers was not above ripping off himself, the film opens with a sequence that is a remake of the opening of "Brides of Fu Manchu", with women chained to pillars in an underground hideaway. As in "Brides", one is led to a snake pit but, instead of being lowered in, she is gingerly bitten in the throat by one, thereby becoming the carrier of the title's kiss of death. The contrast between the lighting, staging and sets in these two sequences gives ample testimony of how low the series had fallen in just two years.

The ever-present Maria Rohm (AKA Mrs. Harry Alan Towers) shows up as a jungle missionary wearing a gaucho hat and red leotards. She gets involved in yet another subplot about a proto-Indiana Jones leading a medical expedition. Apparently, this plotline exists only to provide the hero, afflicted with the death kiss, with a miraculous cure at the last minute.

While the rest of the cast was having fun in the Brazilian jungles, stars Christopher Lee and Richard Greene never leave the studio in Madrid, Spain that was home to all the film's interiors. Guest star Shirley Eaton appears in one brief scene that appears to be an outtake from one of the two Su-Muru films she was making for Towers at the time. (The second was also directed by Franco.)

It's hard to believe that this film (retitled "Kiss and Kill") got major USA playdates in 1968 as a solo feature.

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