The Fu Manchu Cycle 1965-1969 10/31/20

Powerhouse Indicator

It’s time to party like it’s 1922, when the worst crimes of xenophobic colonialism could be blamed on a convenient Yellow Peril scapegoat!  Wait, wait — CineSavant skips the soapbox talk to plumb the appeal of Harry Alan Towers’ Fu Manchu films starring Christopher Lee in yellowface. Don Sharp, Jeremy Summers and that Iberian riot Jesús Franco all take a stab (several, really) at the mushy pulp adventures of Our Man Nayland Smith — played variously by Nigel Green, Douglas Wilmer, and Richard Greene. Tsai Chin is Manchu’s sicko daughter in all five movies, and various femme heroines and villains are portrayed by Karin Dor, Shirley Eaton, Carole Gray, Rosalba Neri, Maria Perschy, Maria Rohm and Maria Versini. Reviewer Charlie Largent takes on the challenge, and the boxed set’s impressive lineup of extras. We clearly haven’t heard the last from ‘The most evil man the world has ever known’: the color thrillers The Face of Fu Manchu, The Brides of Fu Manchu, The Vengeance of Fu Manchu,The Blood of Fu Manchu, The Castle of Fu Manchu, and The Parking Violations of Fu Manchu all go under the review microscope. On Blu-ray from Powerhouse Indicator.