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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.


Mario Caiano


Carlo Alberto Alfieri, Mario Caiano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chen Lee ... Shanghai Joe / Chin Hao
Klaus Kinski ... Scalper Jack
Carla Romanelli Carla Romanelli ... Cristina
Gordon Mitchell ... Burying Sam
Katsutoshi Mikuriya Katsutoshi Mikuriya ... Mikuja
Robert Hundar ... Pedro, The Cannibal
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Tricky the Gambler
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Stanley Spencer
Umberto D'Orsi Umberto D'Orsi ... Poker player
Lorenzo Fineschi Lorenzo Fineschi ... Cowboy
Federico Boido ... Slim (as Rick Boyd)
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Doctor
Carla Mancini ... Conchita
Luigi Antonio Guerra 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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CHEN LEE, the real Brother In Arms of BRUCE LEE See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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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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East Meets West, Italian Style!
25 November 2009 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

In 1882, spunky Chinese man Shanghai Joe hops atop a stagecoach from San Francisco (subtitle says St. Francisco!) to Texas in order to become a cowboy and ends up having to defend himself against a seemingly endless stream of trash-talking rednecks.

Soon Joe runs afoul of a group of nasty human smugglers who send four colorful hired killers to do him in, including Gordon Mitchell, a cannibal, and scalp-collector Klaus Kinski!

Coming out on the heels of the hit television show "Kung Fu", The Fighting Fists Of Shanghai Joe is a lot better than it's Italian knock-off status would suggest.

It's almost all non-stop action with loads of flying fists and flying lead. Blood, a bit of gore, and a great Ennio Morricone sounding score by Bruno Nicolai all fit the comic book nature of the film quite nicely!

In the title role, Chen Lee is really good and should have been in more movies than he was.

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Release Date:

January 1976 (USA) See more »

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