Blood of Fu Manchu, the (1968)

Directors: Jess Franco
Starring: Christopher Lee

Genre: Horror


"From his secret lair deep within the South American jungle, international super-villain Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee) and his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin of The Castle of Fu Manchu and You Only LiveTwice) reveal their latest diabolical plot for world domination: ten beautiful women are infected with an ancient poison so deadly that one kiss from their lips will bring instant death and lead to a global plague. Now the Asian madman’s nemesis, Nayland Smith (Richard Greene of Tales From The Crypt), must desperately hunt an antidote in a savage land where rape and torture reign and the ultimate evil lies in The Blood of Fu Manchu.

Maria Rohm (The Bloody Judge) and Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger) co-star in this wild Fu Manchu feature written and produced by Harry Alan Towers (Venus in Furs) and directed by the one and only Jess Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, Eugenie). Released in America as Kiss and Kill, Blue Underground has fully restored The Blood of Fu Manchu from its original European negative complete with additional scenes of nudity and violence!" - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
I got "The Blood of Fu Manchu" in the "Christopher Lee Collection" from Blue Underground. Not having seen the earlier Fu Manchu movies, I can't compare this one to them, but I have heard the others are supposed to be better. The plot isn't impressive and the subplots are a bit distracting. It's fun to see Christopher Lee in the role of Fu Manchu. Even though I've seen Lee performe a lot better in other movies, he does come off as the powerful man Fu Manchu is supposed to be. The overall acting is pretty decent for a Franco flick. Franco also managed to put in some sleaze, and that's always fun. All in all, "The Blood of Fu Manchu" didn't impress me and I did feel a bit bored at times, but as the big Franco fan I am, I kind of enjoyed it nonetheless.
The highlight of the DVD for me was actually the interview with Franco and Lee. It becomes obvious that Lee isn't exactly proud of his involvement in Franco's Fu Manchu movies..
Well, if you're a Franco or Lee fan, you should check it out, otherwise, you probably shouldn't..

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