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(Jesús Franco, 1969)

Release date: 30 May 2022
Standard Edition Blu-ray

The final entry in the five-film cycle reviving Sax Rohmer’s Chinese super-villain, Fu Manchu, from maverick British producer and writer Harry Alan Towers (Count Dracula).

Jesús Franco (Vampyros Lesbos, Lorna the Exorcist) is back in the director’s chair for The Castle of Fu Manchu, a delirious tale of eco-terrorism. Christopher Lee (The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll) again stars as the diabolical antagonist who plots with his sadistic daughter Lin Tang (Tsai Chin, Casino Royale) to control the weather and freeze the world’s oceans using a special chemical compound. Nayland Smith (Richard Greene, The Adventures of Robin Hood) and Dr Petrie (Howard Marion-Crawford, Gideon’s Day) are dispatched by Interpol to trace the evil mastermind. They travel to Istanbul where they encounter a local opium kingpin Omar Pashu (José Manuel Martín, The Sinister Eyes of Dr. Orloff) and his beautiful female bodyguard Lisa (Rosalba Neri, The French Sex Murders, Amuck!), before uncovering Fu Manchu’s lair in Anatolia, where a deadly confrontation ensues…


  • Restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative
  • Two presentations of the film: with the original The Castle of Fu Manchu title sequence, and the alternative Assignment Istanbul titles
  • Original mono audio
  • Vic Pratt Introduces ‘The Castle of Fu Manchu’ (2020, 7 mins): appreciation by the BFI curator
  • From Alicante to Istanbul (2020, 13 mins): actor Rosalba Neri remembers Jesús Franco, Maria Rohm and the making of The Castle of Fu Manchu
  • An Interview with Harry Alan Towers (2008, 45 mins): far-reaching personal account of the intrepid producer’s life in radio, TV and film
  • The Further Mysteries of Dr. Fu-Manchu: ‘The Coughing Horror’ (1924, 31 mins): Fu Manchu torments Nayland Smith with a terrifying creature in this silent serial sequel, presented with an optional new score by the band Peninsula
  • Alternative title sequences
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

BBFC cert: 15
EAN: 5060697922233