After the arrest of most of the members of the drug syndicate, the leader behind the organization was never found and is still at large. Tintin, who is enjoying his stay at the palace of ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Colin O'Meara ...
Tintin (voice)
Thierry Wermuth ...
Tintin (voice)
Christian Pellissier ...
Le capitaine Haddock (voice) (as Christian Pelissier) (credit only)
Henri Labussière ...
Yves Barsacq ...
Dupont (voice) (credit only)
Jean-Pierre Moulin ...
Dupond (voice) (credit only)
Snowy (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denis Akiyama ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Robert Cait ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Graeme Campbell ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Liz Dufresne ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Elizabeth Dufresne)
Paul Haddad ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Graham Haley ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Keith Hampshire ...
Additional Voices (voice)


After the arrest of most of the members of the drug syndicate, the leader behind the organization was never found and is still at large. Tintin, who is enjoying his stay at the palace of the Maharaja, is visited by a Chinese gentleman who brings Tintin a message. However, a poison dart containing the madness poison was struck right into the massager's neck by an unseen marksman. The only clues Tintin received from the now mad messenger is that there's trouble in Shanghai and a man named Mitsuhirato, which is the place where the remaining members of the syndicate remain. So Tintin heads for Shanghai to meet Mitsuhirato, however upon meeting the person Tintin was almost assassinated twice upon his visit in Shanghai. He ends up being saved by a young Chinese man who provides him with a disguise in order for him to not be easily recognized by the syndicate. Who is the mysterious young man who prevented Tintin's death and can Mitsuhirato be trusted? Written by J LeGault

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2 December 1991 (USA)  »

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The Blue Lotus (Part 1)
20 October 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Staying at the palace of the Maharaja of Gaipajama in India, Tintin is approached by a visitor from Shanghai in China. The visitor supplies him with the name of Mitsuhirato, a Japanese businessman based in Shanghai, but before finishing his message is hit by a dart dipped in Rajaijah, the "poison of madness." Tintin and his fox terrier Snowy travel to Shanghai to meet Mitsuhirato, who warns them that the Maharajah is in danger and that they should return to India. Surviving several attempts on his life by mysterious assailants, Tintin attempts to leave for India by boat, but is kidnapped. His abductors reveal themselves as members of a secret society known as the Sons of the Dragon, who are devoted to combating the opium trade. Their spokesman, Wang Chen-Yee, explains to Tintin that Mitsuhirato is both a Japanese spy and an opium smuggler, and enlist Tintin in their fight to stop him. Tintin agrees, and spies on Mitsuhirato at the Blue Lotus opium den. Following the spy, he discovers him blowing up a Chinese railway. The Japanese government use this as an excuse to invade Northern China, taking Shanghai under its control.

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