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Monday, January 31, 2011

TRAILER - The Stranger and the Gunfighter (1974)

This is what Shanghai Noon would have turned out like had it been dragged through the mud and then sprinkled with a little guts. An offbeat kung fu/spaghetti western mash up starring a rather jovial Lee Van Cleef and Lo Lieh (of 5 Fingers of Death fame), The Stranger and the Gunfighter was co-produced by Shaw Brothers and an Italian production company and shot in China and Spain. Featuring one of the oddest plot devices to come out of a film of this sort, the story has Van Cleef and Lieh teaming up to find a hidden treasure. The only clues to the treasure's were abouts are tattooed on the back sides of four lovely ladies. A bit of a missed opportunity, as the fights and gun battles are nothing new and Lieh never really gets to shine minus one decent battle towards the beginning. Still, it's hard to dislike a film like this and it can be fun if you check out your brain before hitting play. Also known as Blood Money.