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Director:
Writers:
Carlo Alberto Alfieri (writer)
Mario Caiano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
January 1976 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
One Man Stands Alone In His Fight For Justice
Plot:
A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Entertaining spaghetti western kung fu picture See more (16 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
Germany:94 min (DVD version) | USA:98 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining spaghetti western kung fu picture, 29 August 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

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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