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Samurai (1945)

 -  Drama | War  -  24 August 1945 (USA)
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A young Japanese-American orphan in California is taken in by a priest who is actually a Japanese secret agent and a samurai warrior. Due to the samurai's training, the boy murders his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Paul Fung ...
Dr. Ken Morey
Luke Chan ...
David Chow ...
Japanese Secret Service Man
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Morey
Fred C. Bond ...
Mr. Morey
Larry Moore ...
Frank Morey
Ronald Siu ...
Dr. Ken Morey as a Boy
Beal Wong ...
Joseph Kim ...
Sung Li ...
Gen. Sugiama (as Sung Lee)
Frances Chan ...
Chinese Girl Prisoner
Mary Ellen Butler ...
White Girl Prisoner


A young Japanese-American orphan in California is taken in by a priest who is actually a Japanese secret agent and a samurai warrior. Due to the samurai's training, the boy murders his English teacher, kills the American parents who have adopted him, smuggles Japanese secret plans into the country, and eventually becomes the governor of California with plans to infiltrate Japanese spies into the state so they can take over. Written by Anonymous

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Pronounced SAM-UR-I (original poster) See more »


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Although many of the characters are supposed to be Japanese, there was not a single Japanese person in the cast. See more »

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Low budget anti-Japanese film from late in WW2 is now tough slog through racist propaganda and unintentional badness
18 August 2007 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Racist propaganda about how a small boy rescued from the 1923 Japanese earthquake who is adopted by a western couple who found him in the rubble. The kid, named Ken, learns about Bushido and the ways of the samurai and is forever twisted by it and the love of death and the emperor. Illogical to the nth degree the film has Ken going traveling the world studying art and sciences, and the teachings of Bushido from masters placed around the globe. The 23-ish year old kid comes home from his worldly studies looking like a well worn 50 year old buck toothed stereotype Japanese from a propaganda cartoon complete with impossibly thick accent. Now back in the US, Ken, who now looks older than his adopted father, begins to set up a network of spies along the West Coast as well as preparing maps hidden inside of his modern art style paintings. Very much of the time this was made its now almost no longer watchable since sensibilities have changed so much in the last 60 plus years that this sort of treatment of an ethnic group is unthinkable (never mind that the film is only marginally okay). In the right frame of mind this would be a yuck fest of the highest order for those who love bad movies, however after a short time the general poorness of the film and the ugly point of view takes away a great deal of the fun. Recommended only to those who are interested in World War 2 propaganda or those who really need to see every bad movie ever made.

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