It’s Hammer Time Presents: The Terror of the Tongs (1961, Anthony Bushnell)


Previously I realized that having Peter Cushing was not enough to make a Hammer Studios Film good. This holds true in this case for Christopher Lee as well, although its not his fault as he gloriously overacts and plays a Chinese man in a role that is well….racist. The movie itself is racist and doesn’t care, reveling in a plot that involves a sea captain battling the local Tongs gang, which rules things. Lee is their evil leader who, afraid of a list falling into the wrong hands, decides to murder the daughter of the captain, named Jackson Sale (blandly played by Geoffery Toone). Naturally this causes Jackson to go seek revenge, and in the process he is manipulated by those who wish to destroy the Red Dragon Tongs in Hong Kong.

Terror has some of the typical Hammer Films grace notes, such as graphic violence and suspenseful moments. Even though this film is kind of one note and racist its still entertaining at times and there is a few truly great scenes. The part where Jackson has to deal with a drugged up assassin that refuses to die even he shoots him again and again (you would think that he would have tried to aim for the head). Even though its uneven and a bit dull at times The Terror of the Tongs still manages to be watchable at least, partly thanks to its action packed ending as well.

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