The Terror of the Tongs


1h 20m 1961
The Terror of the Tongs

Brief Synopsis

A secret society in Hong Kong holds a British ship's captain hostage.

Film Details

Also Known As
Terror of the Hatchet Men
Genre
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 15 Mar 1961
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Merlin Film Co.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

Synopsis

In 1910, Hong Kong is in the grips of the powerful Red Dragon tong, a secret society that extorts revenue from merchant seamen, deals in both opium and slave trades, and savagely slaughters all those who offer opposition. A merchant seaman, Captain Jackson, swears revenge on the nefarious clan after they brutally murder his first officer, his daughter, and his servant in order to obtain a list of tong leaders intended for delivery to the police. Aiding him is a young female halfcaste, Lee, who, 15 years earlier, was sold by the tongs into bonded slavery. Though Jackson is captured and tortured by tong leader Chung King, he escapes when a beggar sets him free. Unknown to Jackson, Harcourt, a district supervisor of the East India Company is a tong member. When Lee learns that Harcourt has lured Jackson to a wharf where he is to be murdered, she races to warn him. Lee is fatally wounded by a tong hatchetman but delivers her message to Jackson before she dies. Following the incident, the beggar incites the crowd to attack the tongs. Harcourt runs to Chung King, but the tong leader remains calm; after killing Harcourt, he chooses death at the hands of his own followers.

Film Details

Also Known As
Terror of the Hatchet Men
Genre
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 15 Mar 1961
Production Company
Hammer Film Productions, Ltd.; Merlin Film Co.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m

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The Terror of the Tongs


A secret society in Hong Kong holds a British ship's captain hostage.
The Terror Of The Tongs

The Terror of the Tongs

A secret society in Hong Kong holds a British ship's captain hostage.

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Opened in London in September 1961; running time: 79 min. Working title: Terror of the Hatchet Men.