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American Samurai (1992)

 -  Action  -  3 March 1993 (USA)
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An American reporter teams up with a martial arts expert, whose half-brother is a "yakuza"--Japaneser mafia--drug dealer to battle swordsmen from around the world n a Turkish arena.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ...
Kenjiro Sanga
Janet Ward
Rex Ryon ...
Ed Harrison
Melissa Hellman ...
Tatsuya Sanga
Douvi Cohen ...
Stephane (as Douvey Cohen)
Mark Warren ...
Turk in Disco / Lars
Turk in Disco
Shalom Avitan ...
Turk in Disco
Baruch Berkin ...
Hotel Clerk
Aryeh Moskona ...
Announcer (as Arie Muskuna)
Michael Morim ...
Police Chief
Misha Gal ...
Body Guard (as Moshe Gal)
John Slater ...
Body Guard


An American reporter and a martial arts expert with a half-brother who is a yakuza drug dealer battle swordsmen from around the world in a Turkish arena. Written by

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3 March 1993 (USA)  »

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Ninja: American Samurai  »

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Despite being killed in an earlier fight, the Wu-Shu stylist can clearly be seen practicing in the training area. See more »


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One of Cannon's final efforts
5 June 2004 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Having all but exhausted the exploitation of ninjas, what was Cannon to do? Right - exploit samurais instead! As well as recycle elements from their past hit BLOODSPORT, including a big burly guy with a beard as one of the contestants! It's clear the movie was cut for an "R" rating, given how some wounds and killings are not shown as clearly as you would think, but the editing also shows signs of production problems. One lengthy scene seems to have been cut in half, with the subsequent half played much later in the movie. There is also awkward narration and a very long sex scene where you never see the faces of the lovers, furthering the suspicion of frantic efforts to patch together the movie. The production values are pretty good, and Firstenberg does deliver the goods with the fight sequences, which are expertly choreographed. He doesn't do well with the actors however, having Dacascos overact at times and Bradley giving yet another uncharismatic performance.

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