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Shanghai Joe -- (1972) Chen Lee, Klaus Kinski, Carla Romanelli, Gordon Mitchell. Chin, a Chinese martial arts expert, lands in the old west. Chin gains fame for his unbeatable fighting skills. He is able to punch all the way through his opponents bodies! Kinski excels once again as the heavy, Scalper Jack. Aka Shanghai Joe. Color, scope, 35mm.


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Carlo Alberto Alfieri (writer)
Mario Caiano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
January 1976 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Chen Lee ... Shanghai Joe / Chin Hao

Klaus Kinski ... Scalper Jack

Gordon Mitchell ... 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
Dante Cleri ... Manuel, Barman
Umberto D'Orsi ... Poker player
Alfonso de la Vega ... Craig
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Smitty
Raniero Dorascenzi ... Cowboy
Lorenzo Fineschi ... Cowboy
Tito García ... Jesus, Slave Trader
Veriano Ginesi ... Blacksmith
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Spencer Friend
Dante Maggio ... Doctor
Enrico Marciani ... Spencer Friend
Osiride Pevarello ... False Teeth - Ranch Hand
Claudio Ruffini ... Tricky's Partner
Giovanni Sabbatini ... Old Man
Francisco Sanz ... Cristina's Father
Angelo Susani ... Stagecoach Driver
Sergio Testori ... Ranch Hand
Pietro Torrisi ... Ranch Hand
Franco Ukmar ... Ranch Hand

Directed by
Mario Caiano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carlo Alberto Alfieri  writer
Mario Caiano  screenplay
Fabrizio Trifone Trecca  screenplay (as T.F. Karter)

Produced by
Renato Angiolini .... producer
Roberto Bessi .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
Cinematography by
Guglielmo Mancori 
Film Editing by
Amedeo Giomini 
Production Design by
Riccardo Domenici 
Set Decoration by
Riccardo Domenici 
Costume Design by
Orietta Nasalli-Rocca 
Makeup Department
Gianfranco Mecacci .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ennio Onorati .... production manager
Sound Department
Luciano Muratori .... boom operator
Primiano Muratori .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Sbrenna .... camera operator
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Other crew
Laura Mazza .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Il mio nome è Shangai Joe" - Italy (original title)
"The Dragon Strikes Back" - International (English title)
"The Fighting Fists of Shangai Joe" - International (English title)
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Germany:94 min (DVD version) | USA:98 min
Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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
Author: udar55 from Williamsburg, VA

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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