The East Meets the West Ep. 10 – Shaolin Hellgate (1980) and They Call Me Trinity (1970)

The parallels between Shaw Brothers films and Spaghetti Westerns continues to amaze us! Through no conscious intent, both films we cover on today’s episode delve into religion as a major theme throughout.

In the Shaw Brothers film, Shaolin Hellgate (aka Heaven and Hell – 1980) guest starring The Venoms, we find a psychedelic mashup of a bunch of things, but to simplify it, it’s like West Side Story meets Dante’s Inferno! It’s a crazy trip through Heaven, Earth, and Hell and Patsy and I had fun scratching our heads trying to figure it out! Lee Yi Min stars as one of Heaven’s guards exiled to Earth for helping a couple elope, and ends up in Hell where he must gather a team of honest wrongdoers (as opposed to evildoers) so they can fight their way out of Hell.

Sun Chien rocking his 70s outfit!

On the Spaghetti Western side, since we’ve covered Terence Hill and Bud Spencer’s first trilogy, we not dive into their next two films, starting with They Call me Trinity (1970). Hill and Spencer are excellent in what is undoubtedly one of the best Spaghetti Westerns we’ve covered so far! Terence Hill stars as a lazy, unorthodox gunfighter and Bud Spencer plays his portly, horse-thieving brother. Together, they must defend a Mormon settlement from a land-grabbing Major, a Mexican bandit, and their henchmen! A fun, if offbeat, double feature!

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