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The Castle of Fu Manchu / Die Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu / El Castillo de Fu Manchu
Assignement Istanbul

UK/Spain/West Germany/Italy 1969
produced by
Harry Alan Towers
directed by Jess Franco
starring Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Howard Marion Crawford, Günther Stoll, Maria Perschy, Tsai Chin, Rosalba Neri, José Manuel Martin, Werner Abrolat, Gustavo Re, Jess Franco
written by Peter Welbeck (= Harry Alan Towers), based on characters by Sax Rohmer, music by Gert Wilden

Fu Manchu, Harry Alan Towers' Fu Manchu

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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This time around, Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee) has a plot to conquer the world by carefully controlling water to flood whatever part opf the world he likes with the help of opium (really), but the only person who knows how to do such a thing is professor Heracles (Gustavo Re), who unfortunately lies on his deadbed. So Fu Manchu has no better solution than to abduct his family doctor, Kessler (Günther Stoll) along with his assistant Ingrid (Maria Perschy) to give the professor a healthy heart transplantation. But of course, Nayland Smith (Richard Greene) & doctor Petrie (Howard Marion Crawford) are hot on the oriental villain's trail again, as they have already figured out the only place where you have really large amounts of water as well as really large amounts of opium must be Istanbul (they are of course right). But Fu Manchu is not easy to overcome, so Smith forms an alliance with drug smuggler Omar Pasha (José Manuel Martin), once an opium king tricked by Fu Manchu, who also holds his girl Lisa (Rosalba Neri) prisoner. Of course in the end everything goes well, Smith manages to save the professor, doctor Kessler & Ingrid, Fu Manchu's HQ is once again blown up & Omar Pasha & Lisa die a hero's death. But Fu Manchu ... the world will hear from him again - but possibly not in a Harry Alan Towers production.

Fu Manchu's daughter Lin Tang is once again played by Tsai Chin.

 

It is very obvious that Jess Franco hat extremely little interest in doing this movie, a straightforward adventure yarn - never Franco's forte in the first place - that is graced by a rather bad script, & so Franco put next to no effort of giving this movie some personal touches, making it a boring & disappointing affair indeed. The only memorable things in this are some psychodelically lit caverns & Franco's own strange performance as a Turkish police inspector that ably demonstrates his disinterest into the movie.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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