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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sands is fighting Bone at the end the over-dubbing is never in sync. Neither of their mouths are moving at the right time, and the voices were obviously dubbed in later.See more »
Quotes:
Robert Sand:Surprise Monkeys!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Live and Let Die (1973)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Long live the Black Samurai! Lots of fun for trash fans if for all the wrong reasons, 15 June 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"Black Samurai" is one bad movie in the literal sense of the word. Fortunately, its enjoyable to watch because of its sheer ineptness and stupidity. The film features awful and uninspired acting, directing, and writing. When it comes to blaxploitation films, its even worse than either "Dolemite" or "The Black Gestapo". The filmmakers obviously had little to no interest in the final product outside of whether it would sell or not. The only area its a considerable success in is entertainment value. In other words, fans of this kind of schlock will be amused.

The direction by Al Adamson is his usual uninspired self, but he loads on plenty of absolutely gonzo elements (this is second only to "Satan's Sadists" as the most enjoyable work I've seen from him). This film is as insane as its concept suggests (something exploitation fans know doesn't always happen). By the time Jim Kelly straps on a jet pack to go fight midgets with kung-fu, I was in trash heaven. Jim Kelly's performance as a super bad super spy is pretty lousy, but to be honest the man was an impressive fighter. Still, the rest of the cast is not, making even this unintentionally hilarious. Even goofier is the horribly post-dubbed dialog thats absolutely inane ("Come on, hit me sucker. Chump. You're a chump!"). In other words, most film fans won't appreciate this, but if you're intrigued by what you read you'll probably enjoy this. Its one of the worst films I've seen but its never boring. (5/10)

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