The Vengeance Of Fu Manchu

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

The third film in writer-producer Towers' series based on the turn-of-the-century Asian archcriminal and his English nemesis, this is one of the worst. Fiend Lee and his daughter, Tsai, both thought to be dead, return to Lee's Mongolian habitat to plot vengeance against their enemy, Scotland Yard commissioner Wilmer. Kidnaping famed physician Kieling and...read more

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The third film in writer-producer Towers' series based on the turn-of-the-century Asian archcriminal and his English nemesis, this is one of the worst. Fiend Lee and his daughter, Tsai, both thought to be dead, return to Lee's Mongolian habitat to plot vengeance against their enemy,

Scotland Yard commissioner Wilmer. Kidnaping famed physician Kieling and his daughter, Roquette, Lee forces Kieling to transform the face of one of his other prisoners into that of Wilmer. The latter, who has been attempting to establish an international police organization that will combat just

such crimes, is also abducted by the sinister Lee. Substituting the double for the real Wilmer, Lee sends the former to London where he commits a murder under hypnotic control. Lee plans to execute the real Wilmer at the very moment that his double hangs for the crime. In the interim, the master

criminal has been occupied with other plans (he's been far too busy to trim his foot-long fingernails), including conspiring with Hong Kong gangster Frank to form an international syndicate of crime, the alter ego of the organization that Wilmer has planned. Fortunately, Frank has been under

surveillance by police inspector Ferrer who, with the help of FBI agent Trevarthen, storms Lee's headquarters and rescues the prisoners, as the villain threatens, "You will hear from me again." And so we will, two more times in the series. Shot in color, the picture was mysteriously released in

the US in black-and-white. It was the first European film to be shot mostly in Hong Kong, where the actors and crew suffered from 100-degree temperatures. The Chinese extras, according to Lee, were by no stretch of the imagination inscrutable; one pushy extra, who tried to be in every scene, was

actually killed by his colleagues for his rudeness. Hollywood, take note.

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