The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe (1972)

Directors: Mario Caiano
Starring: Klaus Kinski

Genre: Spaghetti Western


"Shanghai Joe (Chen Lee) travels to San Francisco in 1882 looking for a better life, all he finds is scum -- racists, perverts, slavers, greedy conmen and mercenaries. Naturally, the gentle mystic must fight to find inner peace. Lee's major weapon - aside from knives and lethal yo-yos - is a devastating punch that rams all the way through his opponents' bodies. But that isn't the half of it. A card shark gets his eyes gouged out in revolting detail, people are beaten to bloody pulp, and the villain of the piece (Klaus Kinski in a fascinating performance) is Scalper Jack, a mincing, sadistic bounty-hunter who tortures and skins his victims alive. Also stars Gordon Mitchell, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart & Roberto Undari."- from Xploitedcinema

My oppinion:
I had my doubts about this one. This was the first western/Kung-fu (or whatever it was) mix I'd seen before, and to be honest, the idea didn't exactly appeal to me all that much.. I was proven wrong by this one though as it turned out to be a lot of fun. The best word I can think of to describe this movie is silly. Joe has some incredible moves that are so impossible and ridiculously shot I just had to laugh out load several times. There's also a little gory scene in the end that was a lot of fun. The plot is nothing special. The same can be said about the acting, but it is entertaining. One of the few really good things about this movie is Klaus Kinski, which is as great as always. Sadly, his role isn't all that big. In the end, this was a pleasant experience. I didn't feel bored at any point and it brought out a lot of smiles and laughs. Just sit back and enjoy the fun!

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