The Million Eyes of Sumuru

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The Million Eyes of Sumuru
Original film poster by Heywood Brown
Directed by Lindsay Shonteff
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Written by Kevin Kavanagh
Sax Rohmer
Harry Alan Towers
Starring Frankie Avalon
Cinematography John von Kotze
Edited by Allan Morrison
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date
  • 17 May 1967 (1967-05-17) (US)
  • 3 December 1967 (1967-12-03) (UK)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Million Eyes of Sumuru is a 1967 British spy film produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Lindsay Shonteff and filmed at the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong. It stars Frankie Avalon and George Nader, with Shirley Eaton as the titular Sumuru.[1] It was based on a series of novels by Sax Rohmer about a megalomaniac femme fatale. The film was released in the USA by American International Pictures on 17 May 1967. In the UK it was released through Warner-Pathé on 3 December, titled simply Sumuru.[2] Shirley Eaton reprised her role as Sumuru in Jess Franco's The Girl from Rio (1970).

Plot summary[edit]

Sumuru is a beautiful but evil woman who plans world domination by having her sexy all-female army eliminate male leaders and replace them with her female agents.


In popular culture[edit]

The Million Eyes of Sumuru inspired riot grrrl musician Lois Maffeo to adopt Bikini Kill as a band name. She and her friend Margaret Doherty used the name for a one-off performance where they donned faux fur punk cave girl costumes. Tobi Vail liked the name and appropriated it for the iconic punk group after Maffeo settled on the band name Cradle Robbers.[3]

This film was featured in the KTMA season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.


  1. ^ "New York Times: The-Million-Eyes-of-Su-Muru". NY Times. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 
  2. ^ Kinematograph Weekly vol 605 no 3137, 25 November 1967
  3. ^ Marcus, Sara (2010). Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (1st ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. pp. 46–47. ISBN 978-0-06-180636-0. 

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