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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)
Lorenzo Fineschi ... Cowboy
Piero Lulli ... Stanley Spencer
Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Spencer Friend
Enrico Marciani ... Spencer Friend
Dante Cleri ... Manuel, Barman
Angelo Susani ... Stagecoach Driver
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Aureli ... Sheriff Corrotto
Giorgio Bixio
Umberto D'Orsi ... Poker player
Alfonso de la Vega ... Craig
Dante Maggio ... Doctor
Osiride Pevarello ... False Teeth - Ranch Hand
Claudio Ruffini ... Tricky's Partner
Giovanni Sabbatini ... Old Man
Sergio Testori ... Ranch Hand
Pietro Torrisi ... Ranch Hand
Franco Ukmar ... Ranch Hand
Lars Bloch ... Racist (uncredited)
Aldo Cecconi ... Racist (uncredited)
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... Smitty (uncredited)
Raniero Dorascenzi ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Tito García ... Jesus, Slave Trader (uncredited)
Veriano Ginesi ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Deogratias Huerta ... Slaver (uncredited)
Franco Moruzzi ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Francisco Sanz ... Cristina's Father (uncredited)
Sergio Ukmar ... Ranch Hand (uncredited)

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)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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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Eeeeaaaeeaagghhhh!, 3 November 2015
Author: Bezenby from United Kingdom

Shanghai Joe is just a regular Chinese guy who has moved to America to get a good job and live the dream. Sadly for Joe everyone he comes across is a racist moron who don't want Joe to get anywhere. Sadly for them Joe tends to lose his rag and beat everyone who crosses him into submission.

This film is a lot of fun. A lot of fun. For the first half of the film Joe just goes from job to job being harassed and doling out justice, but then he crosses the wrong guy (a slave trader) and from then on the heat is on, in the form of ugly Gordon Mitchell and uglier Klaus Kinski! Basically just one action set piece after another, this film does not disappoint. Its a nice merging of spaghetti western and martial arts and Mario Caiano isn't daft, as he gives us loads of both in an overtly violent way.

Honestly, for a spaghetti western this one is really high on violence. Wrists are broken and bones protrude, folk are drowned in boiling water, hands are cut off, torsos punctured by fists and Joe even manually removes a guy's eyeball! Entertaining stuff.

I had this in my collection for years and now wish I'd watched it sooner. It's on YouTube if you don't own it.

Also - Joe screams Eeeeeaaaaeeaagh before braining someone. Watch out for that.

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