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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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Howard Marion-Crawford ...
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Günther Stoll ...
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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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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All of the footage at the beginning of the movie featuring a large ocean liner striking an iceberg and sinking is all stock footage from the famed 1958, British Titanic film, A Night to Remember (1958). See more »

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Omar Pascha: I am Omar Pascha.
Denis Nayland-Smith: And I am Nayland-Smith of Scotland Yard.
Omar Pascha: I thought I could smell a policeman.
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Maria Perschy's character is called Dr. Ingrid Koch but on the credits her character's name is given as Marie. See more »

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The world didn't hear from him again!
1 July 2005 | by (Richmond, VA) – See all my reviews

What a difference a decent transfer makes. For ages only viewable in muddy, heavily cut, nearly unwatchable prints, The Castle of Fu Manchu is now available, thanks to Blue Underground, in all of its colorful, zoom-laden glory. The last of producer Harry Alan Towers' five-film Fu Manchu series, and generally considered to be the worst, The Castle of Fu Manchu is actually a fun, trashy time waster, and far better than the previous film in the series, The Blood of Fu Manchu, which was burdened by a tedious bandito sub plot that dragged the film to a grinding halt. Directed with a certain pulpy vitality by the highly erratic but occasionally brilliant Jess Franco, Castle has a tacky comic book verve that is hard to resist, and that is certainly more entertaining than many of the expensive, highly touted bombs that Hollywood has been dropping lately. Contrary to what others have reported on this site, Christopher Lee is in excellent form, delivering his lines with distinctive aplomb and offering a stunning, iconographic series of facial expressions as he attempts to overact under the restrictive 'Oriental' make-up. The great Tsai Chin (soon to be seen as 'Auntie' in Memoirs of a Geisha), as Fu's devoted, sadistic daughter, Lin Tang, is terrific as always, and looks particularly fetching in her white Hejab. Best of all, Rosalba Neri shows up as a tough, Fez-topped lesbian, of whom Fu says "Keep her alive. She might be useful to us. She fights like a man." Peter Welbeck's screenplay may be incomprehensible rubbish, but they don't write lines like that anymore.


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