The Castle of Fu Manchu

The Castle of Fu Manchu

Original German language poster
Directed by Jess Franco
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Written by
  • Jaime Jesús Balcázar
  • Manfred Barthel
  • Michael Haller
  • Harry Alan Towers
Based on Characters
by Sax Rohmer
Music by
  • Carlos Camilleri
  • Malcomb Shelby
Cinematography Manuel Merino
Edited by
  • John Colville
  • Hermann Storr
  • Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas
  • International Cinema
  • Italian International Film
  • Terra-Filmkunst
  • Tilma Films
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 30 May 1969 (1969-05-30) (West Germany)
  • 18 September 1972 (1972-09-18) (Spain)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
Language English

The Castle of Fu Manchu (also known by its German title Die Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu) is a 1969 spy adventure crime film and the fifth and final Fu Manchu film with Christopher Lee portraying the title character. An international co-production between companies from West Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Liechtenstein, it was filmed on location in Spain and Istanbul, and directed by Jess Franco and also stars Richard Greene as Nayland Smith and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Petrie. Its other titles are Assignment Istanbul and The Torture Chamber of Fu Manchu.


Supercriminal Fu Manchu plots to freeze the world's oceans with a diabolical new device. With his evil daughter, Lin Tang, his army of dacoits, and the help of the local crime organization led by Omar Pasha (whom Fu Manchu doublecrosses), Fu Manchu takes over the governor's castle in Istanbul which has a massive Opium reserve, to control the largest opium port in Anatolia, a fuel for his machine. Fu Manchu needs the help of an intelligent scientist with an ailing heart whom he has imprisoned. In order to keep the scientist alive he kidnaps a doctor and his wife to give the scientist a heart transplant from one of his obedient servants. Opposing him from Britain's Interpol, is his nemesis Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie.


Airing on 18 January 1992 The Castle of Fu Manchu in its entirety, was 'riffed' on the Comedy Central television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Season 3 Episode 23.


  1. "The Castle of Fu Manchu (A)". British Board of Film Classification. 11 September 1970. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
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