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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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January 1976 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Scalper Jack: Do you know who I am?
Doctor: Yes I know and I wish I didn't.
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Connections

Followed by Che botte ragazzi! (1975) See more »

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Entertaining spaghetti western kung fu picture
29 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this good fun picture last night, after wrestling whether to re-visit Stuart Gordon's Pit and The Pendulum instead. I was glad I went for this one though, because as far as goofy b pictures go its a winner. The bland but skillful Chen Lee plays the eponymous Shanghai Joe, though that isn't his real name, a good natured Chinese kung fu expert who comes to America in search of work but is confronted by general racism and meanness. Eventually he ends up fighting against slavery and taking down many bad guys with his awesome fighting fists. The fight choreography isn't great here, though it is decent with comparison to the attempts of many films form the west that include kung fu. It helps that Chen Lee is a decent fighter and has a reasonably realistic, tough and unshowy technique. His character is likable and occasionally funny which is a big bonus, especially given the ugly racism of pretty much everybody he goes up against. Its very satisfying to see people taught the error of abusing a mild manner Chinese fellow by having their behinds handed to them on a platter. If only there were opponents with worthy fighting skills, then the film would be even more fun, though its good just seeing cowboys taken out with something other than the usual knives or guns. The plot isn't too stretching and the dubbing is amusingly silly, but the pace is fast and the score, by Bruno Nicolai is suitably rousing. Apparently he re-used an earlier score but I don't mind because I haven't seen the film it came from and its a corker whatever film it appears in. The finale could have been better, but it still works OK. There are even a few moments of grue to amuse the more blood hungry among us. All in all, though not life changing, this is a lot of fun and should almost certainly entertain spaghetti western lovers or undemanding kung fu fans.


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