Fighting Fists of Shangai Joe, The / Il mio nome è Shangai Joe (1974)

3.5 out of 5

A Chinese immigrant, played by Chen Lee, travels to a small Texas town looking for honest, good paying work. Instead he crosses paths with a ruthless, racist, redneck cattle baron and dealer of Mexican slaves named Spencer and finds himself with a bounty on his head of $5000 US Dollars. While hiding out in a cabin on the outskirts of town he is helped by a sympathetic woman who falls in love with our Chinese hero as a bunch of mean and nasty bounty hunters try and collect the $5000 reward money, including a vicious cannibal and the terrifying psychopath, Scalper Jack, portrayed by genre favourite Klaus Kinski.

Directed by Mario Caiano, and with a great Morricone influenced soundtrack by Bruno Nicoladi, this Italian western/Kung Fu epic features wall to wall Kung Fu mayhem which includes plenty of flying kicks, open palm and fist work, somersaults with some gore scenes thrown in including a very graphic double eye gouging.

This is an entertaining Italian journey through the Old West for fans of both Chinese Kung Fu and Italian western genres. Enjoy!

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