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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.

Director:

Mario Caiano

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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One Man Stands Alone In His Fight For Justice

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Action | Drama | Western

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shanghai Joe See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Sheriff Andy Corrotto: Don't give me this cock-n-bull story, you, you're not even white.
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One of the Better Spaghetti Westerns as the Genre Died.
22 June 2011 | by JohnWellesSee all my reviews

"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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