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


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


Action | Drama | Western


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January 1976 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Dont push the small polite man
5 April 2002 | by (Streeb Greebling Acres) – See all my reviews

This one is a real oddity, a martial arts western, with a small role for the ever evil Klaus Kinski as the bounty hunter set to go and kill our Hero Joe.

Joe arrives in San Francisco, and instead of meeting the people of the land of the free he meets the land of the racists, and his troubles only just start to begin.

Joe is far to nice for his own good, polite and well-mannered, thats until he needs to defend his life and then his fists of fury unleash some retribution.

A lot of fun.

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