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The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 15 March 1961 (USA)
In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge.

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Anthony Bushell

Writer:

Jimmy Sangster
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Chung King
Yvonne Monlaur ... Lee
Geoffrey Toone ... Capt. Jackson Sale
Marne Maitland ... Beggar
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... District Commissioner Harcourt
Ewen Solon ... Tang How - Tong Leader's Aide
Roger Delgado ... Tang Hao - Tong Enforcer
Richard Leech ... Insp. Bob Dean
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Dr. Fu Chao - Tong Member
Marie Burke ... Maya
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Helena Sale
Burt Kwouk ... Mr. Ming
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Storyline

A secret society of Hong-Kong at the beginning of the century called "The Red Dragon Tong" kidnaps the captain of a ship in the harbour of Hong-Kong as he tries to detain the killers of his daughter. Because the secret society is very powerful it is not easy to free him from their hands. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

THE SENSUOUS PLEASURE-GIRL OWNED BY THE TONGS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror of the Hatchet Men See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Eastmancolor) (UK prints)| Black and White (USA, theatrical prints)| Color (Technicolor) (USA, TV prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee said in interviews that the make-up he sported in this movie to transform him into a Chinese man was the most uncomfortable make-up that he had to endure at that point in time. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1910, but the knee length female costumes, revealingly slit to the hip, are strictly 1960 Suzie Wong. See more »

Quotes

Tang Hao, tong enforcer: [to Jackson as he fakes illness to pull a gun] You underestimate the Oriental mind, Captain. The Chinese theater is the oldest in the world.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: HONG KONG - 1910

A bustling, growing city - but hidden deep amongst its teeming thousands was an organisation that thrived on vice, terror and corruption- THE RED DRAGON TONG See more »

Alternate Versions

The film suffered extensive BBFC cuts which removed shots of bloody bodies and a mutilated hand, and also heavily edited the infamous 'bone scraping' scene where Jackson Sale's chest is pricked with needles. A scene featuring Helena's fingers being severed with an axe was also re-edited, so it appears she passes out before the impact of the blade. All later releases have featured the same print and the uncut version may no longer survive. See more »

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Fondly remembered
28 September 2015 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

I fondly remember this film as it was the first X certificate film I ever saw.I was 14 at the time and I saw it in a double bill with Forgo at the ABC Golders Green.This is a Hammer film but not a horror film.It is set in a very studio bound Hong Kong.Nearly all of the main oriental characters are played by European actors.Christopher Lee plays the black hearted tong leader.He has a secret ally in the Hong Kong establishment.There is some violence,a torture scene which seems as if the torturer is an expert in acupuncture.There is also a great deal of Axe throwing.It is difficult at this distance in time to understand why the film was awarded an X certificate.The writer,the ubiquitous Jimmy Sangster,seems to included many plot elements from Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu films.


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