Dr. Fu Manchu, evil genius and possessor of seemingly unlimited financial resources, has pledged to bring about the downfall of western civilization to avenge unknown wrongs of the past. Only Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith of the Yard is able to thwart his evil plans, ranging from assassination to germ attacks to sparking an all-out war.
Runtime: 30 minutes
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu - The Mask of Fu Manchu - Netflix
The Mask of Fu Manchu is a 1932 pre-Code adventure film directed by Charles Brabin. It was written by Irene Kuhn, Edgar Allan Woolf and John Willard based on the 1932 novel of the same name by Sax Rohmer. Starring Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu, and featuring Myrna Loy as his depraved daughter, the movie revolves around Fu Manchu's quest for the golden sword and mask of Genghis Khan. Lewis Stone plays his nemesis.
The Adventures of Dr. Fu Manchu - Controversy - Netflix
During its initial release, The Mask of Fu Manchu was criticized by the Chinese government, and the Chinese embassy in Washington launched a formal complaint against the film for its hostile depiction of the Chinese. The speech where Fu Manchu tells his followers to “Kill the white man and take his women!” was singled out for strong criticism. Some other critics also objected to the film's depictions of violence and sexuality. The film's re-release in 1972 was met with protest from the Japanese American Citizens League, who stated that “the movie was offensive and demeaning to Asian-Americans”. Due to such criticism, the 1992 VHS release of the film removed several scenes containing the most criticized lines of dialogue, such as the “Kill the white man” speech, and the scenes of Myrna Loy in an orgiastic frenzy while witnessing a torture whipping. The latest releases on DVD of this movie by Warner Bros have restored the above scenes.