Return of Shanghai Joe

Return of Shanghai Joe (Italian: Il ritorno di Shanghai Joe) is a 1975 Western film directed by Bitto Albertini and starring Klaus Kinski.[1]

Return of Shanghai Joe
Directed byBitto Albertini
Produced by
  • Gerd Scheede
  • Ennio Onorati[1]
Screenplay byBitto Albertini[1]
Music byMauro Chiari[1]
CinematographyPier Luigi Santi[1]
  • C.B.A. Produttori e Distributori Associati S.r.l.
  • KG Divina-Film GmbH & Co.[1]
Release date
  • 28 February 1975 (1975-02-28) (Italy)
  • 27 May 1977 (1977-05-27) (West Germany)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
  • Italy
  • West Germany[1]


The medicine show man Bill Cannon gives refuge to the bandit Pedro Gomez, who is wounded by the men of Barnes. Before dying, Gomez suggests that Cannon should bring in his body to collect bounty. Bill is subsequently robbed by Barnes' men, but they are stopped with kung fu fighting by the Chinese Shanghai Joe. Cannon steals his horse, but Joe follows and convinces him that they should be friends.

In town Joe helps Cannon at gambling and force a bartender to eat crooked dice. Cannon helps Joe at an ambush by Barnes' men, and later helps him escape when he is to be lynched on a trumped up charge. They get support from the judge. The two men attack Barnes’ ranch and the latter is killed by Cannon in a fight on top of a cliff.

When it is disclosed that Joe is a federal agent Cannon at first leaves in disgust, but then he comes back and they leave together.



Return of Shanghai Joe was released in Italy on 28 February 1975.[1] It was released in Germany on 27 May 1977.[1]


From retrospective reviews, Thomas Weisser, author of a book reviewing Spaghetti Westerns, stated that Klaus Kinski gave a "surprisingly dignified performance" but that the film was predominantly filmed for laughs and lost the tone of the original film and was "almost as wretched as Kung Fu Brothers in the Wild West".[2]


  1. "Che botte, ragazzi!" (in German). Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. Weisser, Thomas (2005). Spaghetti Westerns--the Good, the Bad and the Violent. McFarland. p. 260. ISBN 0786424427.

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