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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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So much fun it should be illegal!
25 August 2009 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Immigrant Shanghai Joe (Chen Lee) moves from St. Francisco (sic) to Texas in 1882 in search of a life as a cowboy. Of course, he greets racism and adversity at every turn thanks to the local good ol' boys. Holy crap! I grabbed this film at random off a stack of DVDs and it was fun as hell. I'm not the biggest western fan (my filmdom shame) so I usually need an element to spice it up and throwing kung fu in there did the trick. This movie rarely slows down as Joe bounces from one battle to the next. The main crux has him on the run with a bounty on his head after he turns on a rancher using illegal immigrants. Top billed co- stars Gordon Mitchell and Klaus Kinski pop up as two bounty hunters and have about 5 minutes of screen time max. Director Mario Caiano gets the most out of the US locations (a widescreen copy is a must) and knows when to use slo-mo to great effect. He even throws in some surprisingly gory bits like a guy getting his eyeballs ripped out and a chest being punctured. Joe don't fool around! THE RETURN OF SHANGHAI JOE followed in 1975 with Kinski as a different character.


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