The Blood of Fu Manchu

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The Blood of Fu Manchu
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJesús Franco
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Written byHarry Alan Towers
Jess Franco
Manfred R. Köhler
StarringChristopher Lee
Tsai Chin
Maria Rohm
Richard Greene
Götz George
Howard Marion-Crawford
Shirley Eaton
Music byDaniel White
CinematographyManuel Merino
Edited byAlan Morrison
Release date
  • 23 August 1968 (1968-08-23)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Blood of Fu Manchu, also known as Fu Manchu and the Kiss of Death, Kiss of Death, Kiss and Kill (US title) and Against All Odds (original US video title), is a 1968 British adventure crime film directed by Jesus Franco, based on the fictional Asian villain Fu Manchu created by Sax Rohmer. It was the fourth film in a series, and was preceded by The Vengeance of Fu Manchu. The Castle of Fu Manchu followed in 1969.

It was produced by Harry Alan Towers for Udastex Films, it starred Christopher Lee as Fu Manchu, Richard Greene as Scotland Yard detective Nayland Smith, and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Petrie; the movie was filmed in Spain and Brazil. Shirley Eaton appears in a scene she claimed she was never paid for; apparently the director Jesus Franco inserted some footage of her from another one of her films (The Girl from Rio, 1968) into the movie without telling her, she only found out years later that she was in a Fu Manchu film.


In his remote jungle hideout, the evil Fu Manchu has discovered a deadly venom in a "lost city" in the Amazonian jungle that affects only men. Women can become carriers of the "kiss of death" by being bitten by venomous snakes; the venom causes blindness and is ultimately followed six weeks later by death. Using mind control, he aims the women at Nayland Smith and other key people with political influence; this prevents them from interfering with his own ambitions to prepare millions of "doses" and spread them around the world's major cities and capitals in a plan to gain world domination.


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