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December 16, 2016
It's been quite a while since I've seen so many non-Asian actors playing Asian characters. Usually old films have one or two Asian characters at most and often played by an anglo character. This still happens and happened as recently as Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" when the redheaded Emma Stone played an Asian character. But in this film, set in China, it appeared that just about every Asian character was a heavily made up anglo actor, which was pretty distracting. Anyhow, despite the blatant racism, this was a pretty entertaining little potboiler about a sea captain investigating the murder of his daughter and ends up taking on the titular Hong Kong crime syndicate, lead by the inscrutable oriental Christopher Lee, who's quite good as the villain. And for a film made in 1961, there are some surprisingly gruesome moments, though I suppose I shouldn't be surprised since Hammer frequently pushed the boundaries of sex and violence in their films of the 1960s. Overall, there's nothing all that special about this film, but is entertaining enough.
October 4, 2016
A good Christopher Lee role though not as iconic as Fu Manchu. The plot is alright, though a bit jumbled at times with a few too many characters. Nonetheless there are good thrilling moments and fun scenes.
May 9, 2011
Best white person playing Chinese: Christopher Lee who manages to play the Fu Manchu role without resorting to being Fu Manchu. Worst white person playing Chinese: that frigging French woman who plays the love interest
½ December 13, 2009
Christopher Lee dons a droopy moustache and delivers such lines as "have you ever had your bones scraped?" with a deliciously Grand Guignol relish in what today would be a very un-pc Boy's Own adventure indeed.
½ February 2, 2009
Once you get past the European actors unconvincingly playing Chinese (Yvonne Monlaur in particular doesn't even bother to shake her French accent) this is a modestly entertaining pulp adventure from Hammer. The production values are the usual Hammer high-quality - particularly the set design - and Jimmy Sangster's script is fast-paced and original, but it just never generates the suspense it needs to be really compelling. And Christopher Lee's part is much too small. Another excellent score by James Bernard - he really should get more recognition for his impressive body of work.
½ October 3, 2008
A pretty solid murder/revenge story from Hammer, and a fun flick for a rainy afternoon. Christopher Lee, as always, makes for a fantastically despicable villain. If you're a Hammer fan, or a horror fan in general, definitely check this one out - it's pretty good.
½ January 18, 2008
Bushell and Lee resurrect the Yellow Peril in this hokey Hammer horror. You underestimate the Chinese mind, Captain!
½ January 16, 2008
Bushell and Lee resurrect the Yellow Peril in this hokey Hammer horror. You underestimate the Chinese mind, Captain!
December 21, 2007
Not a bad little movie but as usual its let down by the orientals being played by non-orientals - one of them came across more as spanish with her look and accent. Christopher Lee looked more oriental than in Fu Manchu but still didn't try to have an oriental accent.Watchable tho.
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