Shanghai Joe (1973)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Western


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A Chinese immigrant, recently arrived in America, fights to free Mexican slaves from their cruel master.


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4 November 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Fighting Fist of Shangai Joe, The (1972)
Fighting Fist of Shangai Joe, The (1972)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Extremely weird blend of the Spaghetti Western and Martial Arts genres has a Chinese immigrant (Chen Lee) showing up in Texas where he receives all sorts of racial slurs as well as people trying to mistreat him. He breaks up a slave ring but then finds himself being hunted by professional killers including one played by Klaus Kinski. I'm rather new to both of these genres but I must say I really enjoyed this film for the most part even though you can never really take it too seriously. This movie seems to get a lot of mixed reviews, which is understandable because if someone comes into this movie expecting a serious western then they're going to be disappointed because there's more camp than anything else. The film is strange on so many levels but we can start with the violence, which starts off rather weak and standard but quickly turns violent and over the top. There's one sequence where a man has his hand blown off and this here leads to some really graphic violence as an eyeball is ripped out as well as a heart. Lee is pretty good in his role as is Kinski but for some reason he's only in the film for less than five minutes so if you're tuning in to see him then you're going to be disappointed. The American version I watched had some very bad dubbing, which included a white man doing the voice of Shangai Joe but this did deliver a few laughs. Caiano is best known for his Italian horror film Nightmare Castle but he does a good job with the material here and delivers a memorable if quite silly film.

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