The Peking Medallion

The Peking Medallion, also called The Corrupt Ones, is a 1967 crime film directed by James Hill and Frank Winterstein and starring Elke Sommer, Robert Stack, Nancy Kwan and Werner Peters.[1] The film was a co-production between France, Italy and West Germany although it was shot in English. The films German-language title is Die Hölle von Macao .[2] It was made at the Spandau Studios in Berlin with location shooting in Hong Kong. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Hans Jürgen Kiebach and Ernst Schomer.

The Peking Medallion
Directed by
Produced byArtur Brauner
Written by
  • Elke Sommer
  • Robert Stack
  • Nancy Kwan
  • Werner Peters
Music byGeorges Garvarentz
CinematographyHeinz Pehlke
Edited byAlfred Srp
Distributed byConstantin Film (West Germany)
Warner Brothers (UK & US)
Release date
20 January 1967
Running time
93 minutes (Germany)
  • West Germany
  • France
  • Italy


A freelance photographer discovers an ancient treasure, the Peking Medallion - which also attracts the attention of a number of criminal gangs.



In 1967 Tony Mastroianni's review Cleveland Press stated the film was "handsomely photographed" and merited recognition for its pace but he also criticized "unnecessarily sadistic torture sequences".[3]


The title song, also entitled "The Corrupt Ones", was performed by Dusty Springfield. It appeared as the B-side of her US Top 40 single "I'll Try Anything" in early 1967.


  3. Mastroianni, Tony (1967-02-24). "Review: "The Corrupt Ones" Runs Out of Steam". Cleveland State University Library. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
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