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 | O Retorno De Shangae Joe (Brazil)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Klaus Kinski (Pat Barnes), Cheen Lie (Shanghai Joe), Karin Field (Carol Finney), Tommy Polgár (Bill Cannon), Claudio Giorgi (Manuel Garcia), Tom Felleghy (Judge Finney), Paolo Casella (Jeff, Barnes lieutenant), Fortunato Arena (Sheriff Wilson), Dante Cleri (croupier), Girgio Bixio (Jonathan Smith, lawyer), Laila Shed [as Laila Sheld](Chiquita, judge's maid), Antonio Luigi Guerra, Carla Mancini, Consalvo Dell'Arti (Ramon Garcia, Manuel's father), Leopoldo Valentini (deputy), Renato Malavasi (choreographer), Attilio Dottesio (Mexican peasant leader), Rinaldo Zamperla (Barnes henchman, aiuti regista)
  • Also with: Angelo Boscariol (Pedro Gomez, outlaw), Gennarino Pappagalli (stage shotgun, driver), Salvatore Biondo (storekeeper), Sergio Ukmar (peon), Roberto Dell'Acqua (Slim, Barnes henchman), Claudio Ruffini (Barnes henchman), Renzo Peverello (Barnes henchman), Pietro Torrisi (Barnes henchman), Franco Ukmar (Barnes henchman), Franco Pasquetto (Barnes henchman), Riccardo Petrazzi (Barnes henchman), Oscar Giustini (Barnes henchman), Alba Maiolini (town woman), Alberigo Donadeo (saloon patron), Fulvio Esposti (saloon patron), Angelo Casadei (saloon patron), Osiride Pevarello (saloon patron)
  • 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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