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Jesús Franco (story)
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Release Date:
24 September 1969 (USA) See more »
LUSCIOUS LIPS - Lethal in their biting sting of death! See more »
Fu Manchu inoculates ten women with poison, to kill ten world leaders. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Just about passable junky adventure from Franco See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)

Jesús Franco ... Inspector Ahmet (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
Other crew
Paul Bürks .... voice dubbing: uncredited
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) (re-rating) | USA:PG | USA:Unrated (DVD uncut version) | USA:M (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Christopher Lee (Dr. Fu Manchu), Tsai Chin (Lin Tang) and Howard Marion-Crawford (Dr. Petrie) are the only actors to appear in all five "Fu Manchu" films.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Just about passable junky adventure from Franco, 16 December 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I bought this one in a 2 DVD set with the Castle Of Fu Manchu, thinking that the combination of Christopher Lee and 60's era Jesus Franco would be a bit of a winner. Sadly the reviews all said otherwise and I haven't even watched Castle Of Fu Manchu yet. Tis one I thought was basically not a very good film, but it sorta held my attention and was a lot better than I thought it would be. It does not start too well and quit early on reveals its biggest weakness, really badly done action scenes. Franco may be good at a lot of things, but setting up and then filming fights or any action sequences is not one of them. Pretty much all of the action in this one ranges from just about amusingly bad to plain putrid and sadly, there are a fair few action scenes. Its a shame, because outside of this glaring fault, the film isn't too bad. The story is good, and though Fu Manchu isn't a well drawn character in this film Christopher Lee at least imbues the part with sufficient Oriental malevolence. Richard Greene performs quite nicely as the heroic Nayland Smith and I was entertained by Ricardo Palacio as the bandit Sancho Lopez. Some of the dialogue is quite fun and the film moves at a good pace. The scenes in Fu Manchu's lair have a neat sleazy edge to them, and throughout the film there are moments when Franco is more in his element and things go quite well. Although he doesn't have the most coherent style he is often able to pick out strings of nice visual moments that convey the impression of events with a certain enticingly lurid feel without actually filming the events properly. For example, when Sancho Lopez and his men occupy a village the camera picks out lots of fragmentary happenings, creating a sense of chaos from a skein of fleeting moments in quite an intriguing fashion.It looks cheap, but Franco makes it work somehow. Unfortunately, regardless of the nice moments spattered throughout, the film ultimately relies on a conventional adventure plot and exciting scenes and this just isn't Franco's area of expertise, so the film ends up slowing down in terms of interest inmost of the places it should be speeding up. Plus, there are plenty of bits of standard ineptitude, without the overarching surreal feel of his better works to mitigate it. So, ultimately this is hard to recommend to anyone but die hard France addicts and undemanding trash fans. There are certainly worse films out there, but this still ain't great.

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