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on July 21, 2017
So bad it's really funny in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space" way. Deadly cobras in South America? Well, of course! Establishing a shot underneath a horse's belly? Hey -- a touch of art! Having what looks like an earlier incarnation of Jack Black as one of the baddies? And one of Jack Black's followers looks like the Lucky Charms leprechaun fallen on hard times? GENIUS! And let's not forget the happy background music during the raping and sacking of a village. Or that apparently Jack Black's crew killed the Pope -- who was inexplicably visiting an unnamed South American country sans Popemobile. Throw in lots of gratuitous nudity, equally gratuitous horse whippings (which the horses promptly ignored) and blatant racial prejudice and you get the magic that is "The Blood of Fu Manchu."

And Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu -- well, when you think sadistic Chinese bent on world domination, you just have to think Christopher Lee in really bad makeup and apparently without the ability to bend over. Pass the popcorn, please.
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on November 11, 2014
Too often Fu Manchu is portrayed as a 2D sort of character, when really he was a complex man. Some people say his crimes were like Hitler, Mussolini, or ISIS - but real history isn’t so simple.

Overall, this could be the best of Christopher Lee’s five Fu films. It’s hard to say because they are all very good. My only criticism is for the unfair stereotypes of Englishmen having weak nerves and a strange fondness for lads. The directors should have implied those scenes rather than showing them.
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VINE VOICEon December 3, 2004
The first three Fu Manchu movies are the best of the Christopher Lee series and are also available as a box set from Amazon UK. So, if you haven't already entered the world of Region-less DVD watching then here is yet another reason to do so.

The Blood of Fu Manchu is good, silly fun but nowhere near as good as THE FACE OF FU MANCHU, THE BRIDES OF FU MANCHU or THE VENGEANCE OF FUN MANCHU. All three are available on DVD in region 2. A sidenote is that the last two Fu Manchu movies (BLOOD OF...and CASTLE OF...) are available in a 2-disc box set in Region 2 for about the same equivalent price as one of the DVDs here in Region 1.

I'm so happy to have the complete Christopher Lee Fu Manchu movies in my DVD collection.
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on December 1, 2016
This Franco version of a Fu Manchu adventure is total garbage. However I love all the players. Jesus was lucky that Lee agreed to it, his second most frequent role (5 Times to 8 Times as Dracula).
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on October 17, 2016
we are very happy with this movie. Mr. Fu Manchu is a fine fellow. We wish him all the best.
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on December 21, 2016
Lee is probably the best of those to portray Fu Manchu. Karloff is a close second. This series of films combines campy characters and sincere, if not necessarily good, performances. They're all just fun to watch.
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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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on February 7, 2015
A masterful villain who is as charming as he is evil. While the source material is somewhat racist by today's standards, and these were made before Bruce Lee shattered the Asian race barrier, it should also be noted there has not been a good Fu Manchu since Christopher Lee. Highly enjoyable.
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on October 14, 2016
Really like the old time horror movies. Lots of continuous adventure.
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on November 13, 2015
He's hard to get rid of.
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