Now please don't be offended, lady. But do you see the Chinese feller standing next to me? Yeah. That's him. Ho Chiang (Lo Lieh). Well, he would like to take a look at your pert ass please. No. Not just your pert ass. Your ass plus three other nice ladies arses as well.
You see, many moons ago his Uncle Wang (Al Tung) stole a box of treasure from a gang of Warlords back home in their native
And then, in his most infinite wisdom, he came here to the States and hid the
location of this loot by tattooing a message on four women's behinds. Yours' being
one of them, of course.
Unfortunately enough, Ho and I never knew anything about this until his Uncle bit the biscuit a few days ago. And so, my dear, that is why we're here to see you today. To take a look at your... well... you-know-what!
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires flashes the flesh when a pretty lady look's up at me and says, 'Sure, Dakota (Lee Van Cleef). Your friend can take a look at my ass. But hurry up, will you? Cause there's someone else who wants to take a look at it afterwards'. As two bad guys are hot on the trail - some asses are bigger than a whale - a gambler hits a ginormous Richter scale - and at the end of the day, a showdown results in the Chinese Holy Grail.
On a conceptual level I'd say 'The Stranger and the Gunfighter' is a thinly disguised buddy movie trapped inside a spaghetti western and a kung fu flick. Not that this is a bad thing, of course. But if you ever get around to watching it, you will notice it uses these two idioms to convey a premise of shrewd proportions -- favoring the western component only because a large chuck of the narrative was set in the Wild West.
Well, you know how some jovial tales can spend a lot of their time setting up jokes which don't seem to reinforce their overall narrative? Not in this case, my friends. The way I see it, even though the gags worked within the confines of this adventure -- most of the time, anyway -- that still didn't stop it from conveying character, story, and pathos, whilst entertaining us -- the audience -- in that very buddy movie type manner.
Now don't get me wrong. On the flip side of things there were a couple of aspects I weren't too happy about either. To start off with I wasn't very keen on the two main villains -- the priest and the native american character -- because their presence wasn't felt until the last third of this flick. Plus as much as I did like the dubbing on Lee's and Lo's voices -- especially Lo's, due to his more lighter pitched tone -- the rest of the cast members where... errr... how can I put this? Oh! I know. Either bordering on archetypical, or downright cheesy.
Overall I'd say 'The Gunfighter and The Stranger' was a really great film. Even though it was more of a buddy movie than anything else, that's not to say it isn't still one hell of a great watch.
Just like a pert ass. Nuff said.
THE RATING: A