The Face of Fu Manchu

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The Face of Fu Manchu
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Sharp
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Oliver A. Unger
Written by Harry Alan Towers
Starring Christopher Lee
Nigel Green
Howard Marion-Crawford
Tsai Chin
Music by Christopher Whelen
Cinematography Ernest W. Steward
Ernie Stewart
Edited by John Trumper
Hallam Productions (UK)
Constantin Film (W. Germany)
Distributed by Seven Arts
Release dates
6 August 1965
Running time
96 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,300,000[1]
Poster of The Face of Fu Manchu

The Face of Fu Manchu is a 1965 British/German co-production thriller based on the character of Fu Manchu, the Chinese villain created by Sax Rohmer. Don Sharp directed, with Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu and Nigel Green as Nayland Smith, the Scotland Yard detective in his pursuit.

It was produced by Harry Alan Towers in a co-production for Hallam Films and Constantin Film and was filmed on location in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The film was the first in a series of five, the next of which was The Brides of Fu Manchu.


A ghostly execution of world mastermind criminal Fu Manchu is witnessed by nemesis Nayland Smith. Back in England, however, it is increasingly apparent that Fu Manchu is still operating. Smith is quick to detect that the execution he witnessed was that of a double, an actor hypnotised into taking Fu Manchu's place. The villain is back in London, working from a secret base underneath the River Thames. He has kidnapped the esteemed Professor Muller, who holds the key to a potentially deadly solution from the seeds of a rare Tibetan flower.

Cast of characters[edit]

Also featuring[edit]

  • Archie O'Sullivan as Chamberlain
  • Edwin Richfield as Chief Magistrate
  • Joe Lynch as Custodian
  • Ric Young as Grand Lama
  • Jack O'Reilly as Police Constable
  • Kevin Flood as Policeman on Traffic duty
  • John Franklin as Morgue Attendant
  • Derek Young as Official at Village
  • Peter Mosbacher as Hanumon
  • Poulet Tu as Lotus
  • Deborah DeLacey as Slave Girl
  • Peter Mayock as British Soldier No. 1 at Fleetwick
  • Aiden Grennel as Security Guard
  • Ray Macklin as British Soldier No. 2 at Fleetwick
  • Conor Evans as Police Officer on boat at Thames River (calling out to Nayland Smith)


  1. ^ Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36

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