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Rating: 5 stars

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literary adaptation turkey evil mastermind kidnapping water castle double cross assault escape istanbul

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Seen on: 11/15/2020

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The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969)

Directed by Jesús Franco

Adventure | Crime

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Overview

The evil mastermind Fu Manchu plots his latest scheme to basically freeze over the Earth’s oceans with his diabolical new device. Opposing him is his arch-nemesis, Interpol’s very British Dr. Nayland Smith.

Rated PG | Length 98 minutes

Actors

Christopher Lee | Tsai Chin | Werner Abrolat | Burt Kwouk | Herbert Fux | Günther Stoll | Rosalba Neri | Jesús Franco | Howard Marion-Crawford | Richard Greene | Maria Perschy | José Manuel Martín

Viewing Notes

Insanely outlandish but on the whole better put together than the first, even with the insert footage from other films. I especially enjoyed Rosalba Neri’s obviously butch character, Lisa, and wish she’d have gotten more screen time (and that they’d made better use of her in the finale). I recognized her from LADY FRANKENSTEIN where she played the lead.

Parts of this were shot at Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain. Those scenes are supposed to be part of the castle scenes from Turkey, but the architecture is so different it was obvious, not to mention the fact Tonia and I visited that park on our honeymoon in Spain. Always fun to see scenes in a movie from someplace you’ve physically visited.

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