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Mathew Karedas ... Joe Marshall (as Matt Hannon)

Mark Frazer ... Frank Washington

Robert Z'Dar ... Yamashita
Janis Farley ... Jennifer (as Jannis Farley)

Melissa Moore ... Peggy (as Melisa Moore)

Gerald Okamura ... Okamura
Cameron ... Female Henchwoman
Dale Cummings ... Capt. Rohmer

Cranston Komuro ... Fujiyama

Joselito Rescober ... Costa Rican Waiter (as Joselito C. Rescober)
Jerry Black
Orlando Quijano ... Burning Van Driver (as Ali Teymury)
James Waltz
Reginald Williams
Tom Gleason
Robert Moore
Fred Floyd ... Expendable Black Henchman
John Godfrey
Tom Wideline

Warren Stevens
Miceal Jackson

Mark Baue ... Shotgun Henchman
Bill Donahue
Stephen Koh ... Chinaman

Allen Rubin ... Nightclub Gunman
Rick Garcia ... Penis-Grabbing Henchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jason Coleman ... Henchman (uncredited)
Vic Miyahira ... Mob Assistant (uncredited)

Jimmy Williams ... Johnson (uncredited)

Directed by
Amir Shervan 
Writing credits
Amir Shervan (written by)

Produced by
Orlando Corradi .... producer
Amir Shervan .... producer
Original Music by
Alan DerMarderosian  (as Alen Dermarderossian)
Cinematography by
Peter Palian 
Film Editing by
Amir Shervan 
Ruben Zadurian 
Production Management
Ali Farshadfar .... production manager
Anthony Milch .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Mike Gitman .... re-recordist
Anthony Milch .... re-recordist
Daniel D. Monahan .... sound mixer
Sasha .... sound mixer
Sean .... boom operator
Tony Torrez .... sound editor
Ruben Zadurian .... sound editor
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunts
Kourosh Jadali .... stunts
Bob Ivy .... stunts: fire burn (uncredited)
Gerald Okamura .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ali Farshadfar .... still photographer
Houman Forough .... second assistant camera
Dave Gist .... still photographer
Dean Jackson .... key grip
Laura Lovely .... best boy
David Powell .... first assistant camera
Scott Toland .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer
Herter Lou Sebastian .... blu-ray authoring (uncredited)
Location Management
Abraham Vasquez .... location coordinator
Other crew
Gregory Hatanaka .... presenter
Scott Shaw .... sword choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
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Did You Know?

Many fans of the original film were under the impression that Mathew Karedas had died, because a person involved in the industry named Matt Hannon was rumored to have passed away. Prompted by his daughter, Karedas "came back from the dead "in the form of a YouTube video proclaiming he was alive and well. Up to that point he was largely unaware of the cult following the film had slowly built since the 2004 DVD release.See more »
Continuity: In the film's opening scene, Fujiyama appears with sunglasses on, but they suddenly disappear on the next camera angle of him.See more »
Joe Marshall, the samurai cop:[to Peggy] I may stop by, so keep it warm.See more »


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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A must for trashy film completest!, 16 April 2005
Author: udar55 from Williamsburg, VA

Written and directed by one Amir Shervan, SAMURAI COP is the kind of cinema I live for. An action picture so wrong headed and mixed up that it is hard to believe anyone kept a straight face while making (or screening) it. It is a movie so bad that B-movie queen Melissa Moore leaves it off her resume to leave room for more respectable titles such as Hard to Die, Evil Spawn and The Invisible Maniac. Heck, she even thought Vampire Cop was worthy enough to put on there.

Lead Matt Hannon, apparently a onetime bodyguard for Stallone, gives an incredibly one-dimensional performance, mostly relying on his hair to convey his emotions. The problem is apparently Hannon cut his hair halfway through shooting and is forced to wear the funniest dime-store woman's wig ever during huge chunks of the film. The sheer fact that he fails to ever show a single emotion (outside of his hair) is a monumental achievement in itself. The fact that no one on set even bothered to mention this to him is even better. I guess the producers felt his tanned and chiseled body (along with the aforementioned hair) would do all the talking. But you know you have a problem when the male star's swimsuit is skimpier than his female co-star's.

Of course, his co-stars help him along by maintaining the same level of stiffness. Only Matt Frazer shows some form of life, hamming it up incredibly as Samurai's partner Frank. You can tell that director Shervan walked out of LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989) that summer with visions of SAMURAI COP dancing in his head. Although the back and forth banter displayed here between partners consists of jokes about Frank's butt (when Samurai isn't making sexual innuendo jokes that is). Robert Z'Dar, sporting a beard and referred to as a Japanese hit-man (!), is relatively subdued when compared to his work in the same year's TANGO & CASH (has anyone tagged both ends of the film-making spectrum like that in one year?). The previously mentioned Moore and single named co-star Cameron (adult film performer Alexis Firestone) provide the requisite nudity. Interesting to see Cameron adopt a more porn sounding name for her mainstream debut. Not to be outdone, Shervan also allows B-movie vets Z'Dar and Okamura to show some skin, something I'm sure their fans have never demanded.

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