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American Samurai (1992)

R | | Action | 3 March 1993 (USA)
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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Sam Firstenberg

Writer:

John Corcoran
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Cast

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninja: American Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During the final battle the two fighters are both wearing nearly identical black uniforms, but the fight includes footage from an earlier battle where another fighter was wearing red ribbons, they fly in and out from just outside the camera. See more »

Alternate Versions

German version is heavily edited for violence/gore to secure a "Not under 18" rating.
  • UK version is cut by 1 sec. to qualify for a 18 rating.
  • US version is edited to secure a R rating.
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So-So Samurai movie, fast forward to the last 45 minutes.
5 November 2001 | by SvperstarSee all my reviews

I have seen MUCH worse Fu/ninja flicks then this but this one isn't very good either.

Kind of a ripoff of American Ninja, white guy learns Japanese style blah blah blah. Unlike the characters in that series of movies, some of the people in this actually do seem to know martial arts. Kind of a cross between a genuine fu flick like a Jet Li movie and typical American crap.

The rest of the plot is......ah who cares, its a samurai movie, doesn't matter. :P

Unlike American Ninja this movie doesn't have 2 guys taking on dozens of "ninja masters" that can be knocked out with one punch, this has more of a realistic one on one style and it is a challenge for the combatants. Much like Blood Sport.

What it does have going for it it the interesting fighters in the last 45 minutes of the movie, the first half of the movie is just filler to make an excuse for all of the fighting at the end so skip it.

The fighters at the end look like they were pulled straight from an early 90's 2D arcade fighting game. That is the high point of this flick.

The low point, and I mean VERY low point is the last fight scene. Both of the "samurai" are wearing the same black and white outfit, no other colors. If you look close during the last fight though you can clearly see red streamers coming from out of the frame, they reused footage from one of the earlier fight scenes to add length to the last fight and it looks SOOOOOOOO cheesy. Also the actors don't know a damn thing about sword fighting, they just clang them together for 5 minutes, that coupled with the reused footage makes it a non-climax.

Since 45 minutes of this movie is solid fighting with fighters that actually do know how to use their weapons, the very last scene isn't as important.

You can do worse then this, any American Ninja above 2 for example.

Not really good or really terrible.

5/10 when compared to other Fu/ninja movies, would score higher if the last fight scene was done well.


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