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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"--Japanese 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 ...
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Kenjiro Sanga
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Janet Ward
Rex Ryon ...
Ed Harrison
Melissa Hellman ...
Samantha
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Tatsuya Sanga
Douvi Cohen ...
Stephane (as Douvey Cohen)
Mark Warren ...
Turk in Disco / Lars
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Turk in Disco
Shalom Avitan ...
Turk in Disco
Baruch Berkin ...
Hotel Clerk
Aryeh Moskona ...
Announcer (as Arie Muskuna)
Michael Morim ...
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Misha Gal ...
Body Guard (as Moshe Gal)
John Slater ...
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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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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References Midnight Express (1978) See more »

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Underrated martial arts movie!
18 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst I understand the lower ratings given by others, and the derogatory comments directed toward this film, I believe it's also important to point out the merits of the film. David Bradley's acting is certainly passable in this film, and his martial arts abilities are obviously very adequate for his role, with some slick fight scenes. Mark Dacascos is a stand out in a film bursting with a rich variety of contrasting fighting styles and weapons. This is "BloodSport" with weapons, and a LOT more blood!!! (it even boasts a cocky large Yankee competitor like Bloodsport!). The action is somewhat brutal, and in the original cut, very little is left to the imagination when it comes to the gory wounding and killing blows (which I feel is as it should be!). Dacascos as Kenshiro in particular brings a restraint and elegance to his role as a Yakuza swordsman, intent on perfecting his craft at the expense of his opponents (and their limbs!) in the arena - only drawing his sword upon his infliction of a lightning fast maiming or killing blow.

Yes, this film does not boast polished storytelling, or compelling characterisation, but it does provide a unique and entertaining addition to the martial arts genre and stands alone as an ultra-violent tournament-style actioner with a talented cast of martial artists.

And for this at least, we should recognise it's value!!!


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