Cinema: Chinaman's Chance

The Face of Fu Manchu. The re-makers of Fu Manchu are clearly aware that the nonsense of yesteryear taps a jumpy vein of contemporary anxiety—all those diabolical Chinese, seeking ways and means to make Western civilization heel to the Yellow Peril.

This venture begins in appropriately gruesome style with the beheading of the late Sax Rohmer's durable archcriminal, who has already survived the perils of 14 books and four feature films, the last made in 1932. As Fu, "cool, callous, brilliant . . . the most evil and dangerous man in the world," Britain's Christopher Lee slithers in the footsteps of Warner...

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