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Der Sommer des Samurai (1986)

A bustling, mysterious, black-robed burglar drives his mischief. Called the "Japan Phantom", he steals incriminating documents on his forays, burns cash and leaves writings.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornelia Froboess ... Christiane Land
Hans Peter Hallwachs Hans Peter Hallwachs ... Wilke / Samurai
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Gerhard Krall
Nadja Tiller ... Dr. Feuillade
Peter Kraus Peter Kraus ... Schirmer
Hannelore Hoger Hannelore Hoger ... Doris Kollmann
Matthias Fuchs ... Dr. Herbst
Anton Diffring ... Wintrich
Karl-Heinz von Hassel Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Heidemann
Siegfried Kernen Siegfried Kernen ... Reichard
Werner Schwuchow Werner Schwuchow ... Quast
Volker Lechtenbrink ... Binder
Petra Mikolajczuk Petra Mikolajczuk ... Marianne Barth (as Miko)
Uli Krohm Uli Krohm ... Willi
Toyo Tanaka Toyo Tanaka ... Kommissar Takeda


A bustling, mysterious, black-robed burglar drives his mischief. Called the "Japan Phantom", he steals incriminating documents on his forays, burns cash and leaves writings.

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Crime | Drama




West Germany



Release Date:

19 June 1986 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El verano del Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Alster, Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Color (Fujicolor)
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All the way from the land of the rising sun
22 June 2001 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Well photographed, well paced, an excellent cast – could have been a very good movie, but unfortunately the script is downright silly in places. The story lacks credibility, which spoils the fun a bit. In my view, the movie is still above average due to its abovementioned qualities and its director's creativity in putting the pieces of the (crime) puzzle together.

A samurai comes to Hamburg, Germany, to find a bunch of rogues who have desecrated a shrine in Japan. The villains hire a ninja warrior to kill him. Don't be misled, this is not an action movie, and Chuck Norris is way out of sight. Director Blumenberg takes the time required to explain the characters and their motives, he skilfully puts Japan and Germany to good use for visual contrast, Japan becoming a symbol for the mysterious, the unknown, the incomprehensible. Great actors like Wojciech Pszoniak from Poland (you may remember him from `Danton' or "To Kill A Priest") save the day. Enjoyable!

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