The Castle of Fu Manchu
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|The Castle of Fu Manchu|
German theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jesús Franco|
|Written by||Manfred Barthel|
by Sax Rohmer
|Edited by||John Colville|
The Castle of Fu Manchu (also known as The Torture Chamber of Dr. Fu Manchu and also known by its German title Die Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu) is a 1969 film and the fifth and final Dr. Fu Manchu film with Christopher Lee portraying the title character.
Supercriminal Dr. Fu Manchu plots to freeze the world's oceans with a diabolical new device. With his evil daughter, Lin Tang, his army of dacoits, and the help of the local crime organization led by Omar Pasha (whom Dr. Fu Manchu double-crosses), Dr. Fu Manchu takes over the governor's castle in Istanbul, which has a massive opium reserve, to control the largest opium port in Anatolia, since the drug is an important ingredient for the fuel for his machine. Dr. Fu Manchu needs the help of an intelligent scientist with an ailing heart whom he has imprisoned. In order to keep the scientist alive, he kidnaps a doctor and his wife to give the scientist a heart transplant from one of his obedient servants. Opposing him from Britain's branch of Interpol are his nemeses, Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie.
- Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu
- Richard Greene as Nayland Smith
- Howard Marion-Crawford as Doctor Petrie
- Günther Stoll as Dr. Curt Kessler
- Rosalba Neri as Lisa
- Maria Perschy as Dr. Ingrid Cox
- José Manuel Martín as Omar Pasha
- Werner Aprelat as Melnik
- Tsai Chin as Lin Tang
- Gustavo Re as Dr. Heracles
In popular culture
Airing on 18 January 1992, The Castle of Fu Manchu was 'riffed' on the Comedy Central television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Season 3 Episode 23), and is widely considered to be the film that came closest to breaking Joel and the 'bots.
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