Spaghetti Westerns were all the rage during the 1060s, but by the end of the decade, a new film genre was gaining popularity: the Kung Fu movie.
1973’s “My name is Shanghai Joe” was an attempt by director Mario Caiano to revitalize the popular Spaghetti Western style by merging it with Kung Fu action scenes.
The movie itself is quite underrated. It follows the trials & tribulations of “Joe,” a Chinese immigrant seeking his fortune in America.
Faced with hostile and often violent racism, he stumbles across a slave trading operation & decides to fight against it.
In doing so, Joe sets in motion a series of events that culminates in the slave master hiring four assassins to eliminate him.
The fight between Joe & one of the assassins results in Joe using acupuncture to treat an injury he sustained during the confrontation.
How realistic is the acupuncture scene in “My name is Shanghai Joe”?
You can watch a full version of the movie by clicking the link below.