After faking his own execution, Fu Manchu (Christopher Lee, The Terror of the Tongs) returns to the criminal underworld to realise his latest dastardly scheme for world domination: harnessing the power of a rare Tibetan flower, the Blackhill poppy, to mass-produce a deadly poison gas. Detective Nayland Smith (Nigel Green, Sword of Sherwood Forest, Play Dirty) and his stalwart sidekick Dr Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford, Gideon’s Day) must race against the clock to stop the evil genius from unleashing his weapon of mass destruction on London.
A sterling start to the series, The Face of Fu Manchu is a thrilling pulp-adventure which benefits from assured direction from Don Sharp (Psychomania) and exuberant performances from its lead players.
Restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
Original mono audio
Audio commentary with genre-film experts, critics and authors Stephen Jones and Kim Newman (2020)
The BEHP Interview with Don Sharp – Part One: From Hobart to Hammer (1993, 96 mins): archival audio recording, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project, featuring Sharp in conversation with Teddy Darvas and Alan Lawson
The BEHP Interview with Ernest Steward – Part One: The BIP Years (1990, 96 mins): archival audio recording of an interview with the respected cinematographer, made as part of the British Entertainment History Project
Archival interview with Christopher Lee (1965, 4 mins): extract from the Irish television programme Newsbeat, filmed during location shooting in Dublin
Vic Pratt Introduces ‘The Face of Fu Manchu’ (2020, 7 mins): appreciation by the BFI curator
Underneath the Skin (2020, 49 mins): broadcaster, educationalist and author of The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu & The Rise of Chinaphobia, Christopher Frayling, examines the origin, history and reputation of Sax Rohmer’s works
Alternative titles and credits
Super 8 versions: cut-down home cinema presentations with original vinyl soundtracks
Original UK, German and French theatrical trailers
Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
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