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Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film The Mask of Fu Manchu

Blatant racism aside, this classic is easily the best film adaptation of Sax Rohmer's pulp adventure stories. Boris Karloff is perfect (except for one glaring detail) as the fiendish Chinese madman. Maybe a bit stodgy plot-wise, but it makes up for it with a number of lurid, over-the-top set pieces. Worth watching for the Expressionistic lighting and extravagant production design alone.