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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 overview, first billed only:
Chen Lee ...
Shanghai Joe / Chin Hao
Scalper Jack
Carla Romanelli ...
Burying Sam
Katsutoshi Mikuriya ...
Claudio Undari ...
Pedro, The Cannibal (as Robert Hundar)
Tricky the Gambler (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Piero Lulli ...
Stanley Spencer
Umberto D'Orsi ...
Poker player
Lorenzo Fineschi ...
Federico Boido ...
Slim (as Rick Boyd)
Dante Maggio ...
Carla Mancini ...
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Spencer Friend
Andrea Aureli ...
Sheriff Andy Corrotto


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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January 1976 (USA)  »

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Shanghai Joe  »

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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 »


Scalper Jack: Do you know who I am?
Doctor: Yes I know and I wish I didn't.
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Followed by Return of Shanghai Joe (1975) See more »

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fun film of its type & date
16 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

very weird European take on the Spaghetti western-Kung fu connection that has haunted Hong Kong cinema since Shaw Bros. started using borrowed Ennio Morricone music for their films in the later '60s.

There is much to be said of this weird connection; but for now, let's remark that while "Shanghai Joe" shows really very little understanding of Kung Fu, it shows considerable savvy about Spaghetti Westerns; the action rarely lags, and the heros are heroic, the villains are villainous - yep, a good B-movie all around, perfect Saturday Matinée fare from its era.

(Cinephiles - note the tribute to Sergoi Leone at the end - a definite plus for me.) I agree -fun film of its type & date.

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