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

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


(as Jess Franco)


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

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Complete credited cast:
... Fu Manchu
... Nayland Smith
... Doctor Petrie (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Günther Stoll ... Dr. Curt Kessler (as Gunther Stoll)
... Lisa
... Marie / Ingrid
José Manuel Martín ... Omar Pashu (as Jose Manuel Martin)
Werner Abrolat ... Melnik (as Werner Aprelat)
... Lin Tang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Running Man (archive footage)
... Running Man (archive footage)


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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1972 (USA)  »

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


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 »


Fu Manchu: [opening line] This is Fu Manchu. Once again the world is at my mercy. I have conquered not only the mysteries of the continent but now of the oceans too. In the tropical waters of the south Atlantic my hand stretches out to turn water into ice - and to transform safety into the deadliest peril. In a few moments the proof of my mastery will be complete.
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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 »


Follows The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) See more »

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Fu Manchu -Christopher Lee's last entry lousily directed by Jess Frank or Jesus Franco
2 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Final outing in Fu Manchu-Christopher Lee series set in Turkey and based on Sax Rohmer's characters . Christopher Lee returns in this fifth chapter as the evil genius Fu Manchu who doesn't give up easily, and is out to destroy world or bent on conquering it . This time has designed a fantastic gadget to fleece water on oceans and he threatens world leaders by forcing a ransom . The baddies are Jose Luis Martin a Spanish actor usually playing the villain-role in Spaghetti Western and Christopher Lee, as always acting as a magnificent evil-doer . Nayland Smith-Richard Greene his perennial adversary and arch-nemesis takes the center of attention when is assigned the dangerous mission . Howard Marion Crawford of Britain's Home Office is the assistant of Nayland Smith , a Watson-alike . And of course, the Fu Manchu's daughter , habitually played by T Sai Chin, acting perfectly as a nasty murderous.

At the film there are action, adventures, thrills, sadism and exotic outdoors filmed in Estudios Cinematográficos Balcázar (Spanish producers are Alfonso and Jaime Jesus Balcazar), Esplugues De Llobregat, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain (studio), Istanbul, Turkey and Parque Güell, Parque De Ciutdadella , Barcelona , Cataluña , Spain.

Fifth in Christopher Lee's Manchu series several pegs below his predecessors ; it is a bizarre blending of adventures, thriller and action with low budget . This exciting picture is full of Chinese killers , British adventurers, and nasty drug dealers . Weak performance by Richard Greene working below capabilities as Nyland Smith who in former episodes was best interpreted by Nigel Green , and Douglas Wilmer . The villain T Sai Chin stand out as Fu Manchu's daughter named Li Tang and the smuggler Jose Luis Martin overacting as an ominous bandit , furthermore turns up Burt Kwouk, Pink Panther-Sellers series's usual , in a brief appearance . The beautiful girls are two Eurotrash Goddeses as Maria Perschy and Rosalba Neri . This is the second collaboration between Jesus Franco and the producer Harry Alan Towers ( producer of the Fu Manchu's five movies ) and to be continued in several films . Well photographed by Manuel Merino , being recently fine remastering , though previous versions were awfully photographed.

Most critics felt this outing was one of the weakest entries along with ¨The blood of Fu Manchu¨ also directed by Jess Frank with similar casting , plenty of stock-shots , zooms and a Z-series style . The best installments were ¨Face of Fu Manchu(1965, Don Sharp)¨, and ¨Brides of Fu Manch( 1966, Don Sharp)¨ and the inferior ¨Vengeance of Fu Manchu(1967) . Only for completist , the outcome is one of the worst Fu Manchu movie ever made . Rating : Bottom of barrel , below average .

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