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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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One of the Better Spaghetti Westerns as the Genre Died. 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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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
One of the Better Spaghetti Westerns as the Genre Died., 22 June 2011
Author: JohnWelles from United Kingdom

"The Fight Fists of Shanghai Joe" (1973) sounds like one of those awful genre bending films that repeatedly crop up over the years; however this kung-fu Spaghetti Western is actually pretty decent and has certain similarities with the television series "Kung Fu" with David Carradine. It is directed by Mario Caiano, who made a number of Spaghetti Westerns, and stars Chen Lee as the eponymous Shanghai Joe.

The story is straightforward, almost verging on the simplistic. Joe is a recent immigrant from China to San Francisco, where, in search of work, he heads to Texas. Here he gets on the wrong side of a powerful, racist rancher, Stanley Spencer (Piero Lulli), after he witnesses the massacre of Mexican slave labourers.

This Western tries to say some interesting things about the West, and how Chinese immigrants helped do a lot of the "dirty" jobs that Whites wouldn't do. Sadly, most of this is drowned under its comic book style and some pretty bad kung-fu. Yet it does have some good parts: most of the action scenes come with Peckinpah-esque slow motion and exploding, bloody squids. Some of the violence is pretty strong too, with Lee pulling a bad guy's eyes out on screen. But due to its light-hearted mode, it never feels dark or repellent. In fact, it is all rather comic, lacking the seriousness as "Django Kill, If You Live, Shoot!" (1967) has from its strong violence.

Acting wise, Chen Lee is probably as wooden as his martial arts, but Piero Lulli makes a fine villain and Klaus Kinski's virtually cameo-like role is memorable. The scene where the Mexicans are killed is well-directed, as are a number of other action scenes, sufficient enough to make sure that the Western is at least fast paced.

It isn't a brilliant piece of cinema, but as the Spaghetti Western genre went down the drains, it is refreshingly old fashioned in a way, occasionally recalling the past Golden Era of the late sixties that makes it worth checking out for the Spaghetti Western enthusiast.

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