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Shanghai Joe (1973)

Il mio nome è Shangai Joe (original title)
A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chen Lee ...
Shanghai Joe / Chin Hao
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Scalper Jack
Carla Romanelli ...
Cristina
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Burying Sam
Katsutoshi Mikuriya ...
Mikuja
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Pedro, The Cannibal (as Robert Hundar)
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Tricky the Gambler
Piero Lulli ...
Stanley Spencer
Umberto D'Orsi ...
Poker player
Lorenzo Fineschi ...
Cowboy
Federico Boido ...
Slim (as Rick Boyd)
Dante Maggio ...
Doctor
Carla Mancini ...
Conchita
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Spencer Friend
Andrea Aureli ...
Sheriff Andy Corrotto
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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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mexican | cowboy | texas | fight | cave | See All (125) »

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One Man Stands Alone In His Fight For Justice

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Action | Drama | Western

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January 1976 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

Scalper Jack: Do you know who I am?
Doctor: Yes I know and I wish I didn't.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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East Meets West, Italian Style!
25 November 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

In 1882, spunky Chinese man Shanghai Joe hops atop a stagecoach from San Francisco (subtitle says St. Francisco!) to Texas in order to become a cowboy and ends up having to defend himself against a seemingly endless stream of trash-talking rednecks.

Soon Joe runs afoul of a group of nasty human smugglers who send four colorful hired killers to do him in, including Gordon Mitchell, a cannibal, and scalp-collector Klaus Kinski!

Coming out on the heels of the hit television show "Kung Fu", The Fighting Fists Of Shanghai Joe is a lot better than it's Italian knock-off status would suggest.

It's almost all non-stop action with loads of flying fists and flying lead. Blood, a bit of gore, and a great Ennio Morricone sounding score by Bruno Nicolai all fit the comic book nature of the film quite nicely!

In the title role, Chen Lee is really good and should have been in more movies than he was.


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