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Samurai Cop (1991)

Unrated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 30 November 1991 (USA)
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Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two police detectives who must stop the ruthless activities of the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles

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... Yamashita
... Joe Marshall (as Matt Hannon)
Janis Farley ... Jennifer (as Jannis Farley)
... Frank Washington
... Peggy (as Melisa Moore)
Cameron ... Female Henchwoman
... Okamura
Dale Cummings ... Capt. Rohmer
... Fujiyama
... Costa Rican Waiter (as Joselito C. Rescober)
Jerry Black
Orlando Quijano ... Burning Van Driver (as Ali Teymury)
James Waltz
Reginald Williams
Tom Gleason
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Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two police detectives who must stop the ruthless activities of the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles

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You Have the Right to Remain Silent ... Dead Silent

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Mathew Karedas has a VHS copy of the film with a time code, which was never returned. See more »

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In the opening scene, the cameraman can be seen in the reflection of Fujiyama's sunglasses. See more »

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Frank Washington: [standing next to a screen door outside Okamura's house and watching him in bed with his girlfriend] Is that him?
Joe Marshall, the samurai cop: I guess so. Looks like this is his last fuck.
Frank Washington: Let him finish it then.
Joe Marshall, the samurai cop: [cocks his pistol] The hell I will.
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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Laughably inept, although not without charm
31 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

SAMURAI COP is another hilariously inept action B-movie from the guy who brought us Killing American Style. I think Amir Shervan's earlier film has the edge in terms of out-and-out cheese and comedy, but SAMURAI COP comes a close second. The title's a misnomer, brought about because there are a couple of samurai swords in the film; otherwise this is the usual cops and robbers stuff as upstanding heroes battle gun-toting criminal gang members.

This film is so much like Killing American Style it feels like they were shot back to back: the movies share cast members and look and feel exactly the same in terms of staging, fight scenes, etc. The staging is staggeringly inept, with most scenes shot in single takes, and the acting is quite horrible. The main actor, Mathew Karedas, has a long hair style that swaps from being real to a woman's wig and back again as the story goes on (the story is that he had his hair cut short halfway through the production so had to wear a wig for the rest of the filming).

SAMURAI COP is a film that nobody can take seriously, so the best thing to do is to sit back and laugh at it. In this respect it becomes something of a gem, an example of so-bad-it's-good entertainment. As with Killing American Style, Robert Z'Dar plays in support as the chief villain. Others must have enjoyed this movie, because a sequel followed in 2014 (!).


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