Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Director: Anthony Bushell

Writer: Jimmy Sangster

Composer: James Bernard

Starring: Christopher Lee, Yvonne Monlaur, Geoffrey Toone, Marne Maitland, Brian Worth, Ewen Solon, Roger Delgado, Richard Leech, Charles Lloyd Pack, Marie Burke, Barbara Brown, Burt Kwouk

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Deadliest, Diabolical Brotherhood of Terror!

Plot: 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.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It looks great!  James Bernard's score is great!  It's boring!  Christopher Lee has a good deal of dialogue, especially considering he's the villain.  The problem with him is most of his scenes are in the same damn room and he's either sitting or standing and there's little movement from those positions.  Hell, his last scene has him sitting on his throne, then standing, then dying.  It's ridiculous.  The movie is 78 minutes long but feels much, much longer.  It doesn't help that the entire movie is filmed in a studio.  There's not a single frame shot outdoors.  These gripes might not nearly so bad if the picture was more entertaining but it's not.  It drags a lot and the ending is nothing more than what you'd expect.  There's no excitement.  I'm being a little generous with the score only because I did like some things about it.  Lee fans will like what he brings even though he's practically shackled.

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