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The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Not Rated | | Action , Adventure | 15 March 1961 (USA)
In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge.

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Anthony Bushell

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Chung King
Yvonne Monlaur ... Lee
Geoffrey Toone ... Capt. Jackson Sale
Marne Maitland ... Beggar
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... District Commissioner Harcourt
Ewen Solon ... Tang How - Tong Leader's Aide
Roger Delgado ... Tang Hao - Tong Enforcer
Richard Leech ... Insp. Bob Dean
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Dr. Fu Chao - Tong Member
Marie Burke ... Maya
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Helena Sale
Burt Kwouk ... Mr. Ming
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Storyline

A secret society of Hong-Kong at the beginning of the century called "The Red Dragon Tong" kidnaps the captain of a ship in the harbour of Hong-Kong as he tries to detain the killers of his daughter. Because the secret society is very powerful it is not easy to free him from their hands. Written by Volker Boehm

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THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE RED DRAGON CRUSHES MILLIONS OF HELPLESS PEOPLE IN ITS GREEDY POWERFUL CLAWS...NO ONE IS SAFE FROM ITS DRUG-CRAZED HATCHETMEN...NOT EVEN YOU!!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror of the Hatchet Men See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Eastmancolor) (UK prints)| Black and White (USA, theatrical prints)| Color (Technicolor) (USA, TV prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee reported to work on this movie after a vacation in Northern Italy with a deep tan, which was problematic for the Make-up Department, as his character was supposed to have very pale skin. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1910, but the knee length female costumes, revealingly slit to the hip, are strictly 1960 Suzie Wong. See more »

Quotes

Tang Hao, tong enforcer: [to Jackson as he fakes illness to pull a gun] You underestimate the Oriental mind, Captain. The Chinese theater is the oldest in the world.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: HONG KONG - 1910

A bustling, growing city - but hidden deep amongst its teeming thousands was an organisation that thrived on vice, terror and corruption- THE RED DRAGON TONG See more »

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Tough Captain Sale
18 October 2016 | by bugsmoran29See all my reviews

I recently watched this movie along with 2 other similar Hammers Productions film ('She" and "Fu Manchu") and this was the best of the 3 in my opinion. Christopher Lee plays the kingpin of a criminal organization in Hong; his character was sinister and sly. The big, burly Englishman who played Captain Jackson Sale was an effective hero who held his own against the gangsters. I enjoyed watching the martial arts fighting scene where the actors were mixing a Chinese fighting style with Japanese judo. The woman who saved Sale's life was a living doll. I suppose one can take exception to white Europeans playing Asian characters. All in all, it was a fun movie.


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