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Director:
Writers:
Jaime Jesús Balcázar (dialogue: Spanish version)
Manfred Barthel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He's Back!!! The World's Most Evil Man with a Fiendish Plan of Conquest
Plot:
An evil Chinese mastermind plots to freeze the Earth's oceans. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Fu Manchu
Richard Greene ... Nayland Smith
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Doctor Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Günther Stoll ... Curt (as Gunther Stoll)
Rosalba Neri ... Lisa

Maria Perschy ... Marie
José Manuel Martín ... Omar Pashu (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Werner Abrolat ... Melnik (as Werner Aprelat)

Tsai Chin ... Lin Tang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Baker ... Running Man (archive footage)

Dirk Bogarde ... Running Man (archive footage)
David de Keyser ... of Omar Pasha and others (voice)
Robert Rietty ... of Curt and others (voice)

Jesús Franco ... Inspector Ahmet (uncredited)
Osvaldo Genazzani ... Sir Robert (uncredited)

Burt Kwouk ... Feno (uncredited)
Gustavo Re ... Professor Heracles (uncredited)
Gene Reyes ... Ahmet's Aide (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jaime Jesús Balcázar  dialogue: Spanish version
Manfred Barthel  screenplay
Manfred Barthel  story
Michael Haller  uncredited in English version
Sax Rohmer  characters
Harry Alan Towers  screenplay (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
Jaime Jesús Balcázar .... producer (uncredited in English version)
 
Original Music by
Charles Camilleri 
Malcomb Shelby 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino 
 
Film Editing by
John Colville 
 
Production Design by
Santiago Ontañón  (as Santiago Ontanon)
 
Costume Design by
Berenice Sparano 
 
Makeup Department
Ascensión Hernández .... assistant makeup artist
Adrián Jaramillo .... key makeup artist
Peter Jonas .... assistant makeup artist
Vicenta Salvadó .... hair stylist (as Vicenta Salvador)
 
Production Management
Juan Estelrich .... production manager (as Juan Estelriech)
Remo Odevaine .... production leader
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Federico Canudas .... assistant director
Ricardo Franco .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Adrian McDonald .... dubbing editor
Tommy Myers .... dubbing mixer
Hermann Storr .... sound editor
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helga Lange .... assistant wardrobe
María Luisa Soriano .... wardrobe (as Maruja Soriano)
 
Editorial Department
María Luisa Soriano .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Charles Camilleri .... conductor
 
Other crew
Herminia Arnau .... script supervisor
Bruno Leder .... production assistant
Lamberto Palmieri .... production assistant
Ginés Rodríguez .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Castle of Fu Manchu" - West Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
Germany:85 min | Spain:92 min | USA:92 min | USA:92 min (DVD version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:G (Quebec) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | UK:PG | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Despite being set in the 1920s, a 1960s-style car can be seen on the harbor in Istanbul during the sequence where Lin Tang is having her secret meeting on the ferry.See more »
Quotes:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Hey, I liked it!, 16 March 2014
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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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