The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

UK, West Germany,
89m, 96m
35mm film, Techniscope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono (RCA Sound Recording), English

A British/West German science fiction film directed by Don Sharp.

Plot Summary

A series of strangulations in leads Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to suspect that his arch-nemesis may not dead as he thought. In fact Fu Manchu is planning world conquest by means of a powerful he's managed to distil from the seeds of a rare Tibetan poppy – and to test it, he unleashes it in an aerial attack on a small English town.


Directed by: Don Sharp
© 1965 Hallam Productions Limited
Produced by Hallam Productions Ltd.
Produced by: Harry Alan Towers
Screenplay by: Peter Welbeck [real name: Harry Alan Towers]
Characters: Sax Rohmer [credited in a possessory credit above the title]
Director of Photography: Ernest Steward
Editor: John Trumper
Music Composed and Conducted by: Christopher Whelen
Sound Recordists: Fred Hughesdon, Ken Cameron
Wardrobe Supervisor: Dorothy Edwards
Makeup Artiste: Gerry Fletcher
Hairdresser: Anne Box
Art Director: Frank White
Locations: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

Christopher Lee (Fu Manchu)
Nigel Green (Nayland Smith)
Joachim Fuchsberger (Carl Jansen)
Karin Dor (Maria Muller)
James Robertson Justice (Sir Charles)
Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr Petrie
Tsai Chin as Lin Tang
Walter Rilla (Professor Muller)
Harry Brogan (Gaskell)
Poulet Tu (Lotus)
Archie O'Sullivan (Chamberlain)
Edwin Richfield (chief magistrate)
Joe Lynch (custodian)
Peter Mosbacher (Gustav Hanumon)
Eric Young (Grand Lama)
Deborah De Lacey (Dacoit girl)
Jim Norton (Mathius)
Jack O'Reilly (constable)
Peter Mayock (soldier)
Kevin Flood (traffic policeman)

Alternative Titles

Fu Manchu 1 – Finland (video)
Fu Manchu – kauhun mestari – Finland
Fu Manciu: operazione Tigre – Italy
Fu Manchu – skräckens mästare – Sweden
Ich, Dr Fu Man Chu – Germany
The Mask of Fu Manchu – early title
El regreso de Fu-Manchú – Spain

The Brides of Fu Manchu (1966)
Vengeance of Fu Manchu (1967)
Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
Die Folterkammer des Dr Fu Man Chu (1969)

Extracts included in
The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996)



  • The Dark Side January/February 1996 p.16 – review
  • Radio Times 10-16 September 1983 p.69 – credits
  • Shivers no.50 p.57 – review


  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Fantasy and Horror Movies 1991-1992 p.128 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.130 – credits
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.126-127 – illustrated review (by Kevin Nickelson)