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Hiroshi Fujioka ...
Yoshimitsu
John Calvin ...
Doctor Alan Richards
Janet Julian ...
Charles Lampkin ...
Willie Walsh
Frank Schuller ...
Detective Berger
Bill Morey ...
Doctor Carl Anderson
Andy Wood ...
Doctor Pete Denza
Robert Kino ...
Professor Takagi
Joan Foley ...
Ellie West
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Johnny Tooth
Mieko Kobayashi ...
Chidori
Toshishiro Obata ...
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Lynn Kuratomi ...
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Chris Caputo ...
Tom Jenks
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A deep-frozen 400-year-old samurai is shipped to Los Angeles, where he comes back to life.

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Um, Where's the Ghost Exactly?
1 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ghost Warrior (1986)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The body of a 400-year-old samurai (Hiroshi Fujioka) is found frozen in Japan so it's moved to Los Angeles where a secret agency brings it back to life. It doesn't take long for the samurai to escape and start killing off some bad people but a reporter (Janet Julian) goes along with him to try and protect him from the agency who wants him dead before anyone finds out what they did. GHOST WARRIOR comes from producer Charles Band so that should tell you to expect a low-budget, silly story and nothing too spectacular. This here is a pretty strange film because it's clearly just trying to cash in on the success of other martial arts movies but I'm not sure who this film was aimed at. The story itself is somewhat sci-fi but those elements are never really explored. The martial arts stuff takes up a good portion of the running time but there's so much more that could have been done but isn't. Early on we get a campy scene where a bunch of punks are picking on an old man and then the samurai comes to his rescue. These scenes are pure camp and they are fun and help make the picture interesting. These scenes also contain some campy violence but sadly moments like these are so far apart from one another. The relationship with the reporter is just downright silly and never really adds up to anything. It's too this stuff wasn't eliminated in favor of more action. GHOST WARRIOR is the type of "C" picture most people are going to be expecting but it's too bad a little more effort wasn't put into it because we could have had a fun camp film.


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