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Shanghai Joe (1973)
"Il mio nome è Shangai Joe" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Western  |  January 1976 (USA)
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A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chen Lee ...
Shanghai Joe / Chin Hao
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Scalper Jack
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Burying Sam
Claudio Undari ...
Pedro, The Cannibal (as Robert Hundar)
Katsutoshi Mikuriya ...
Mikuja
Carla Romanelli ...
Cristina
Carla Mancini ...
Conchita
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ...
Tricky the Gambler (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
George Wang ...
Yang
Federico Boido ...
Slim (as Rick Boyd)
Piero Lulli ...
Stanley Spencer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Aureli ...
Sheriff Corrotto
Giorgio Bixio
Lars Bloch ...
Racist
Aldo Cecconi ...
Racist
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Storyline

A Chinese immigrant named Chin How lands in a small Texas town inhabited by hard-nosed cowboys who don't take kindly to outsiders. The town folk soon realize that Chin is no ordinary drifter and he quickly gains a reputation for his unbeatable fighting skills. When word of Chin's skills spread to Stanley Spencer, the owner of the states largest cattle ranch, Chin lands a job working for Spencer as a fellow cowboy. Friend soon becomes foe when Chin realizes he is working for a cattle smuggler bent on brutalising Mexican farmers and anyone else who stands in his way. Written by Alan Smithee

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One Man Stands Alone In His Fight For Justice

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Action | Drama | Western

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The scene in which Gordon Mitchell's character sings "Chin-Chin Chinaman" while carrying a shovel was improvised on the spot by Mitchell. He also created the song. See more »

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In the scene where Shangai Joe is in the bullfighting arena, at one point a red cape for attracting the bull's attention is visible. See more »

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This one is a lot of fun.
1 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining spaghetti western. It is funny, cool, and ridiculously over-the-top.

Shanghai Joe has inhuman physical abilities, so if you like all of your characters to be realistic, this one might not be for you. The over-the top fight scenes are priceless, and wildly entertaining. This movie blends the spaghetti western and martial arts genres seamlessly. It is a cheesy blend for sure, and that is a big part of the film's charm and entertainment value. Besides spaghetti western lovers, I think this movie would also appeal to fans of Tarantino or Jackie Chan movies.

Bruno Nicolai's music score is awesome, and it has one of the coolest and most memorable theme songs of the genre.

As is the case in a lot of other great spaghetti westerns, the west is depicted as a godforsaken, unforgiving hell-hole full of psychopaths and bastards. Gotta love it. One of those psychopathic bastards is played by Klaus Kinski, and his portrayal is marvelous. Kinski is one of those actors that was born to be in spaghetti westerns. He is second only to Lee Van Cleef, in my opinion.

I have no complaints or criticisms regarding this western. I highly recommend sitting back, relaxing with a few beers and enjoying this crazy flick.


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