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Ritorno di Shanghai Joe, Il

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Il ritorno di Shanghai Joe (Italy, West Germany 1974 / Director: Adalberto "Bitto" Albertini)

  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Release Date: 28.2.1975

Also known as

Che botte ragazzi! (Italy, original title) | Zwei durch dick und dünn (Germany) | Die Rückkehr des Shanghai Joe (German DVD) | The Return of Shanghai Joe

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Klaus Kinski (Pat Barnes), Cheen Lie (Shanghai Joe), Tommy Polgár (Bill Cannon), Karin Field (Carol Finney), Claudio Giorgi (Manuel Garcia), Fortunato Arena (Sheriff Wilson), Paolo Casella (Jeff, Barnes lieutenant), Tom Felleghy (Judge Finney), Roberto Dell'Acqua (Slim, Barnes henchman), Consalvo Dell'Arti (Ramon Garcia, Manuel's father), Attilio Dottesio (Mexican peasant leader), Fausto Ulisse, Primiano Muratori, Paul Sholer, Milano Caiano, Luigi Russo, Nguen Duong, Claudio Ruffini (Barnes henchman), Chen Hsin, Chiang Ling, Dante Cleri (croupier), Renato Malavasi, Riccardo Petrazzi, Renzo Pevarello (Barnes henchman), Osiride Pevarello, Pietro Torrisi (Barnes henchman), Elio Angelucci (saloon patron), Franco Ukmar, Giovanni Ukmar, Oskar Giustini
  • Story: Mariano Caiano, Luigi Russo
  • Screenplay: Bitto Albertini, Calro Alberto Alfieri
  • Cinematography: Pier Luigi Santi [Telecolor - widescreen]
  • Music: Mario Chiari
  • Song: "Shanghai Joe" sung by Dream Bags
  • Producers: Ennio Onorati, Gerd Scheede


Adalberto Albertini's silly comic sequel to the grim Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe (1973) reunites the characters from Mario Caiano's original, but jettisons nearly everything that made it interesting. This time, Kinski plays a sinister town boss who is brought down by Shanghai Joe (Lie) and a smooth-talking snake-oil salesman (Tommy Polgar). Unlike the brutal, bloody original, this film is played primarily for slapstick humor, and even the martial arts sequences are weak. Maurio Chiari composed the odd musical score, with a theme song you've got to hear to believe.

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