THE FACE OF FU MANCHU (ich, dr. fu manchu) (1965 U.K. W. GERMANY) D: DON SHARP W/P: "PETER WELBECK" (HARRY ALAN TOWERS)
Christopher Lee dons yellowface make-up for his role as diabolical Chinese criminal mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu (created by Sax Rohmer) for the first time in this Euro series. He has a headquarters under the Thames river in London (it was actually filmed in Dublin, Ireland) and holds scientist Wolf Rilla (and his daughter Karin Dor, from BLOOD DEMON, also with Lee) prisoner while he develops a poison gas. Nigel Green is the hero, Scotland Yard Detective Nayland Smith, who foils Manchu`s plans for world domination and Tsai Chin (who was in INVASION the same year) is Manchu`s daughter/assistant. With Joachim Fuchsberger, James Robertson Justice and Howard Marion-Crawford. I never much liked this movie as it aims more for (then trendy) James Bond territory than old serial-style thirlls. Four sequels began with THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU.

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