MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,386 this week

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

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Western  |  January 1976 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 517 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 8 critic

A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.

Director:

Writers:

, (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 4538 titles
created 11 Jan 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 19 Jun 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 05 Jan 2014
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 199 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Shanghai Joe" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Shanghai Joe (1973)

Shanghai Joe (1973) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shanghai Joe.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A drifter with fast fists and a gunfighter- pimp with fast guns help a child to claim his inheritance.

Director: Maurizio Lucidi
Stars: Bud Spencer, Jack Palance, Renato Cestiè
Western | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Trinity and Sartana

Director: Mario Siciliano
Stars: Alberto Dell'Acqua, Harry Baird, Beatrice Pellegrino
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After Dan Hogan and his gang rob a bank, they hire a mysterious man to guide them across the Mexican border in return for half of the loot.

Director: Giuseppe Vari
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Victoria Zinny, Paolo Casella
Certificate: M Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

This Man Can't Die

Director: Gianfranco Baldanello
Stars: Guy Madison, Lucienne Bridou, Rik Battaglia
Black Killer (1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The town of Tombstone is at the mercy of the five dreaded O'Hara brothers: Ramon (Antonio Cantafora), Pedro (Enzo Pulcrano), Miguel (Calogero Caruana), Ryan (Antonio Danesi)& Slide (Mimmo ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Croccolo
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Fred Robsahm, Antonio Cantafora
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Young American Indian gets out of the army and returns home to find his tribe victimized by a white rancher.

Director: William Allen Castleman
Stars: Victor Mohica, Ralph Meeker, David Canary
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Various factions including a Mexican Bandit, a gang of Homosexual Cowboys and a Priest feud over stolen gold in a surreal town.

Director: Giulio Questi
Stars: Tomas Milian, Marilù Tolo, Piero Lulli
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A thief takes the job as a town sheriff in order to rob a silver shipment before his ex-partner can grab it.

Director: Giorgio Stegani
Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Antonio Sabato, Gordon Mitchell
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A man gains access to a treasure map and persuades a guide (Juan Chasquisdo) to accompany him in his search to recover it. Both are pursued by bandits.

Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Gilbert Roland, Richard Harrison, Ennio Girolami
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A bounty hunter tracks a vicious gang of gunrunners across the border into Mexico.

Director: Giancarlo Romitelli
Stars: Richard Harrison, Klaus Kinski, Anne Puskin
Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Nando Cicero
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Antonio Sabato, Cristina Galbó
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Gary Hamilton, innocently sentenced to ten years in prison is released. When he comes out he promises himself to seek revenge on the guilty.

Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Peter Carsten, Marcella Michelangeli
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Chen Lee ...
Shanghai Joe / Chin Hao
...
Scalper Jack
...
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mexican | cowboy | texas | fight | cave | See All (125) »

Taglines:

One Man Stands Alone In His Fight For Justice

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shanghai Joe  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Followed by Return of Shanghai Joe (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the Better Spaghetti Westerns as the Genre Died.
22 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The Fight Fists of Shanghai Joe" (1973) sounds like one of those awful genre bending films that repeatedly crop up over the years; however this kung-fu Spaghetti Western is actually pretty decent and has certain similarities with the television series "Kung Fu" with David Carradine. It is directed by Mario Caiano, who made a number of Spaghetti Westerns, and stars Chen Lee as the eponymous Shanghai Joe.

The story is straightforward, almost verging on the simplistic. Joe is a recent immigrant from China to San Francisco, where, in search of work, he heads to Texas. Here he gets on the wrong side of a powerful, racist rancher, Stanley Spencer (Piero Lulli), after he witnesses the massacre of Mexican slave labourers.

This Western tries to say some interesting things about the West, and how Chinese immigrants helped do a lot of the "dirty" jobs that Whites wouldn't do. Sadly, most of this is drowned under its comic book style and some pretty bad kung-fu. Yet it does have some good parts: most of the action scenes come with Peckinpah-esque slow motion and exploding, bloody squids. Some of the violence is pretty strong too, with Lee pulling a bad guy's eyes out on screen. But due to its light-hearted mode, it never feels dark or repellent. In fact, it is all rather comic, lacking the seriousness as "Django Kill, If You Live, Shoot!" (1967) has from its strong violence.

Acting wise, Chen Lee is probably as wooden as his martial arts, but Piero Lulli makes a fine villain and Klaus Kinski's virtually cameo-like role is memorable. The scene where the Mexicans are killed is well-directed, as are a number of other action scenes, sufficient enough to make sure that the Western is at least fast paced.

It isn't a brilliant piece of cinema, but as the Spaghetti Western genre went down the drains, it is refreshingly old fashioned in a way, occasionally recalling the past Golden Era of the late sixties that makes it worth checking out for the Spaghetti Western enthusiast.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Shanghai Joe (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?