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  • Actors: Christopher Lee, Richard Greene, Howard Marion-Crawford, Götz George, Maria Rohm
  • Directors: Jesús Franco
  • Writers: Jesús Franco, Harry Alan Towers, Manfred R. Köhler, Sax Rohmer
  • Producers: Harry Alan Towers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096I9R
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,640 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blood of Fu Manchu" on IMDb

Special Features

  • The Riss of Fu Manchu - Interviews with Director Jess Franco, Producer Harry Alan Towers, Stars Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin and Shirley Eaton
  • International Trailer
  • U.S. Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • The Facts of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Talent Bios
  • Liner Notes by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, Richard Greene. Fu Manchu injects a lethal poison into the lips of 10 beautiful women who are set to kiss and kill world leaders while Nayland Smith frantically searches for an antidote. 1968/color/94 min/NR/widescreen.

Customer Reviews

Franco is noted for his low grade exploitation films.
B-Movie Fan
Nevertheless, if you like complete nonsense grade "Z" flicks like this one buy it, but you have been warned!
Bryan L. Wilkinson
There are more extras on the disc than you would think.
Jeffrey Leach

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The entry of Jess Franco to Harry Alan Towers' Fu Manchu series signalled the beginning of the end. Fast, cheap and amazingly bad, Franco is one of the few directors who could make Michael Winner look like Stanley Kubrick by comparison. After all, it takes denial on an Olympian scale to have David De Keyser dub three separate characters IN THE SAME SCENE or to include black and white stock footage from 'A Night to Remember' in a colour film (in The Castle of Fu Manchu) and think that if you tint it blue no-one will notice...

'The Blood of Fu Manchu' is marginally the better of his two Fus, but its still a major step down for the Christopher Lee series. Fully restored, but really no better for it, the presentation is enough reason for disappointed Fu Fans to consider adding it to their collection. The print is the best you're likely to see (the film is marginally better shot than most of Franco's efforts) and the extras package is more entertaining than the film (although the same can be said of mending a faulty waste-disposal). The first of a two-part documentary gives a brief background to the series with some candid observations from Tsai Chin and Shirley Eaton, as well as a somewhat more relaxed than usual Christopher Lee, countering Franco's unwarranted enthusiasm; one of the two trailers actually makes the film look good (quite an achievement); and the notes on the Fu Manchu novels are enlightening.

If only we could get this kind of presentation on the highly enjoyable initial entry 'The Face of Fu Manchu' or its two immediate sequels 'The Brides of Fu Manchu' and 'The Vengeance of Fu Manchu' - they may not be masterpieces, but they're a lot more fun than this FuBar film.

Incidentally, this print credits Peter Welbeck - Towers' regular pseudonym - as writer, but the film was actually written by Manfred Barthel and Jaime Jesus Blacazar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on December 8, 2004
Format: DVD
Christopher Lee's career in films spans some four or five decades by now. Filmgoers, especially fans of Hammer horror, widely consider him to be one of the acting greats. Lee's appearance in the Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy certainly hasn't hurt his reputation any. I can't recall seeing him turn in a poor performance in any film, no matter how low the budget, how bad the script, or how incompetent the filmmaker. Jess Franco's "The Blood of Fu Manchu" serves as an excellent example of a pitiful film made better by the presence of the immensely talented Christopher Lee. Sadly, the words "pitiful" and "Jess Franco" often go together like ice cream and cones. He's made a few good films over the decades, "Faceless" and "Vampyros Lesbos" among them, but far too often he churns out the worst sort of schlocky dreck. Not that I care, actually, since I'll watch almost any bad film at least once, but it's extremely difficult to stomach the idea of Christopher Lee appearing in a Jess Franco film. The only reason I can think of why Lee agreed to do the picture is that he desperately needed the paycheck. He apparently needed more than one since he also did another Fu Manchu film with Franco.

Fu Manchu, it turns out, is a master criminal operating on a global scale. He's always coming up with some wacky plot to topple a government, kill world leaders, or do battle with his archnemesis Nayland Smith (Richard Greene). Sometimes he combines all three into one foolproof plan for world domination. In "The Blood of Fu Manchu," our villain figures out a way to turn a bevy of beautiful women into carriers of a deadly ancient poison.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Junglies VINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: DVD
I finally broke down and purchased this as there are still no Fu Manchu DVDs on the near horizon. I knew what to expect beforehand and got what I paid for. Still there's no Fu like an old Fu.

This movie can be viewed on two levels. As a movie it has the same components as other movies but the screenplay lacks humour and the plot is witless. Christopher Lee hams his way throughout with a brooding performance although his voice sounds different to normal without his recognisable timbre. He clearly did not need to exert himself in any way and his authoritative stature as Fu gives one the only reason to buy this movie. As a movie it is not very successful with a plot full of holes and a seeming lack of available acting skills. The budget looks to have been lower than that of a spaghetti western and a choppiness to the editing which suggests that no-one's heart was really in it.

Having said that I think that there is something to this movie which is overlooked. It seems to me that the film itself resembles the pulp fiction upon which it is based. I do not suggest that it belongs to the so bad it is good school but I think that the direction is intentional. In that it resembles the fictional base of Fu Manchu. If one is looking for the books to be realised on film then clearly this is more in the true spirit of the books in one sense. Sadly I believe that it is cheapened by the overt use of nakedness and semi-nakedness in parts not because there is anything wrong with those things if there is a context but in this movie they really detract from what it is about.

On the whole this is a valuable addition to anyone's Fu Manchu collection on DVD inasmuch as you can have a region 1 xollextion until the earlier, much better movies are released to us. One does wonder if they are too politically incorrect for a US release?

Not the best Fu Manchu movie available but at least it is available and hopefully the rest will be soon. For completeists only.
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