The Castle of Fu Manchu

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The Castle of Fu Manchu
Original German language poster
Directed by Jesus Franco
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Written by Jaime Jesús Balcázar
Manfred Barthel
Michael Haller
Sax Rohmer [characters]
Harry Alan Towers
Starring Christopher Lee
Richard Greene
Howard Marion-Crawford
Günther Stoll
Rosalba Neri
Maria Perschy
José Manuel Martín
Music by Carlos Camilleri
Malcomb Shelby
Cinematography Manuel Merino
Edited by John Colville
Hermann Storr
Release dates
  • 30 May 1969 (1969-05-30)
Running time
88 minutes
Country West Germany
United Kingdom
Language English

The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) also known by its German title Die Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu, is the fifth and final Fu Manchu film with Christopher Lee portraying the title character. The spy/crime film was filmed on location in Spain and Istanbul and originally released in West Germany in 1969. It was directed by Jesús Franco and also stars Richard Greene as Nayland Smith and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Petrie. Its other titles are Assignment Istanbul and The Torture Chamber of Fu Manchu.


Supercriminal 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 Fu Manchu doublecrosses), Fu Manchu takes over the governor's castle in Istanbul which has a massive Opium reserve, to control the largest opium port in Anatolia, a fuel for his machine. 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 Interpol, is his nemesis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie.


Popular culture[edit]

Airing on 18 January 1992 The Castle of Fu Manchu in its entirety, was 'riffed' on the Comedy Central television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Season 3 Episode 23.

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