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Director:
Writers:
B. Readick (screenplay) and
Marc Olden (novel)
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Release Date:
February 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Cool Master of Kung-Fu and Karate!
Plot:
Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand's girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a terrific new weapon - the freeze bomb - but the 'Warlock' behind the deed is also into the business of drug dealing and Voodoo ritual murders. The search takes him from Hong Kong to California through Miami, and plenty of action, against bad men, bad girl, and bad animals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jim Kelly ... Robert Sand
Bill Roy ... Janicot
Roberto Contreras ... Chavez
Marilyn Joi ... Synne
Essie Lin Chia ... Toki Konuma

Biff Yeager ... Pines

Charles Grant ... Bone
Jace Khan ... Jace
Erwin Fuller ... Bodyguard
Peter Dane ... Farnsworth

Felix Silla ... Rheinhardt
Cowboy Lang ... Himself
Little Tokyo ... Himself
Jerry Marin ... Shotgun Spiro
Alfonzo Walters ... Leopard Man
Charles Walter Johnson ... Leopard Man
Regina Carrol ... Voodoo Dancer / Party Stripper (as Gina Adamson)
Jesus Thillet ... Martial Arts Fighter
Cliff Bowen ... Martial Arts Fighter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
D'Urville Martin ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Al Adamson 
 
Writing credits
B. Readick (screenplay)

Marco Joachim  additional story ideas
Marc Olden  novel "Black Samurai"

Produced by
John 'Bud' Cardos .... associate producer (as John Bud Cardos)
Barbara Holden .... producer
Laurence Joachim .... executive producer
Steven Vail .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Louis Horvath (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Landis 
 
Set Decoration by
Daisy Rieger 
 
Costume Design by
Edwin Goehring Jr. 
 
Makeup Department
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Michael Bockman .... props
 
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound mixer
Dick Damien .... sound
Joan Franklin .... assistant sound effects editor
Marta Viana .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Ramon Ferro .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alvin Boudreaux .... stunt performer
Charles Crawford .... stunt performer
Ray C. Davis .... stunt performer
George Griffen .... stunt performer
Jim Kelly .... karate master
Jace Khan .... karate master
Clifford Lawson .... stunt performer (as Cliff Lawson)
Fernando Luján .... stunt performer (as Fernando Lujan)
Jerry Mitchell .... stunt performer
Alfonzo Walters .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Boyne .... grip
Erwin Fuller .... grip
John Gillie .... electrician
Keith Kelsay .... assistant camera (as Keith Kelsey)
Robert McClure .... grip
Stephen L. Posey .... electrician (as Steve Posey)
Robert B. Reynolds .... grip (as Robert Reynolds)
John Tilton .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Joi .... costumes: Marilyn Joi
 
Music Department
Jim Landis .... music editor
Jodd Readick .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Pam Eddy .... script girl
Ramon Ferro .... titles
Eddie Garetti .... assistant to producer
Ray Wells .... researcher: Haitian voodoo
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Freeze Bomb" - Europe (English title)
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Runtime:
USA:88 min | UK:82 min (DVD)
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Certification:
Portugal:M/18 (director's cut) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R
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Trivia:
Jim Kelly also choreographed the martial arts scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the jet-pack sequence, the handles of the jet-pack constantly switch between being horizontally and vertically aligned.See more »
Quotes:
Bone:Who the hell do you think you are? Muhammad Ali?
Robert Sand:No, I'm better!
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Movie Connections:
References Thunderball (1965)See more »

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Jewel In the Grind House Crown, 31 July 2014
Author: Pinku_Eiga from Deutschland

Who is cooler than Jim Kelly? And what film defines the genre 'grind house' better than "Black Samurai?" This bizarre, James Bond/Blaxploitation/martial arts hybrid has it all; impressive fight scenes, gorgeous women, beautiful exotic cars, foreign settings, and off the wall soundtrack, combined with a story so out there, you will wonder if someone put a rufie in your drink. Acting and screen presence are two different things, and Jim Kelly might not have been the strongest actor, but this man certainly had an indescribable screen presence. Here Kelly portrays Secret Agent Robert Sand, A karate expert who becomes embroiled in an outrageous cat and mouse game, when his girl, who happens to be the daughter of a far Eastern Ambassador, is abducted by the eccentric and insane, terrorist-like 'Warlock,' an inventor of a dangerous weapon called "the Freeze bomb." Warlock is of course, also involved with a top drug cartel and human trafficking as a way of funding his terrorist activities. Jim Kelly must battle midget assassins, as well as voodoo ritual murders. This could easily be high comedy..but the beauty of this film is that it is played serious throughout, and you will find yourself absorbed in this bizarre action film.

For those who truly appreciate the grind house/exploit genre, this film is a shining example. It possesses this extreme nostalgic style and feel, and it looks beautiful. it has a way of taking the viewer back to his childhood, to another, forgotten time. The cinematography is gorgeous, and just riding around with Kelly in his purple Ferrari is going to make you feel like a better person just for having seen this diamond of a film. It's a bit sad to see that some people poke fun at this movie, and others like it. These people clearly have zero understanding of this underrated genre of film making. After seeing just a few Jim Kelly movies, I have placed him up there with Bruce Lee, as one of my all-time heroes. Unfortunately some truly unsavory characters have seen fit to butcher this iconic film for it's DVD release, by censoring it, and even more unforgivably, by adding stupid overdubs to some fight scenes, in an effort to make the movie look stupid. Presently I am searching for an uncensored VHS of "Black Samurai," which has got to be the Holy Grail for fans of exploitation cinema.

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