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Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

The Castle of Fu Manchu (original title)
PG | | Adventure, Crime | 1972 (USA)
An evil Chinese mastermind plots to freeze the Earth's oceans.

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(as Jess Franco)

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(dialogue: Spanish version), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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Howard Marion-Crawford ...
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Dr. Curt Kessler (as Gunther Stoll)
Rosalba Neri ...
Lisa
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Marie / Ingrid
José Manuel Martín ...
Omar Pashu (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Werner Abrolat ...
Melnik (as Werner Aprelat)
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Storyline

The evil mastermind Fu Manchu plots his latest scheme to basically freeze over the Earth's oceans with his diabolical new device. Opposing him is his arch-nemesis, Interpol's very British Dr. Nayland Smith. Written by crow_steve@hotmail.com

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He's Back!!! The World's Most Evil Man with a Fiendish Plan of Conquest

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Adventure | Crime

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1972 (USA)  »

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Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Nov. 6, 1968, edition of Variety magazine reported that Rossanno Brazzi was to have a lead role in this movie. See more »

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Quotes

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Follows The Knocking on the Door (1923) See more »

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Hey, I liked it!
16 March 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

I really feel very out of step with regards to this one because scanning through the other IMDb reviews it became quite obvious that everybody else hated it! I don't really understand the universal dislike though, as this one really didn't seem to warrant this level of abuse. Don't get me wrong, it has problems. The script being a pretty obvious one. The story was very difficult to comprehend. It involved the master criminal Fu Manchu devising a method of turning the oceans into ice by using opium or something. And by way of this he would take over the world. Okay, whatever you say! Yeah, so admittedly, the narrative is a bit senseless.

But the thing is, I've seen a lot of Jess Franco movies and I thought this was quite coherent by his standards! In fact, it was from a period in Franco's career where he had more production value at his disposal, so again when people say this is ultra-cheap, I'm thinking it's quite big budget for Jess. I mean, he has even managed to hire Christopher Lee for the title role – I thought he was pretty imposing and well suited to the character to be fair. We also have Rosalba Neri as a gangster chick and she is always worth watching, so again, this is a good thing. Even the blatant lifts from other movies were entertaining enough, such as the whole opening scene that utilises scenes taken wholesale from A Night to Remember. Maybe the pacing could have been better perhaps but this is a constant Franco fault and in here it's no worse than usual. But overall, the film, while being often senseless, did have enough action and Euro cult value to keep me watching. Ultimately, I am probably the idiot for liking this but I guess I'll just have to live with that.


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