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Written by Jay Creepy   
Friday, 14 November 2014
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AKA: Le Samurai de L.A, Gliniarz Samuraj

Directed by: Amir Shervan
Written by: Amir Shervan
Produced by: Orlando Corradi, Amir Shervan
Cinematography by: Peter Palian
Editing by: Amir Shervan, Ruben Zadurian
Music by: Alan Der Marderosian
Cast: Matt Hannon, Robert Z'Dar, Mark Frazer, Gerald Okamura, Jannis Farley
Year: 1991
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 36min

Distributor: Cinema Epoch

Since its rediscovery and infamy, this “so bad it's good” classic is to spawn a sequel next year. However, it has to be said that since it'll try and capture the badness on purpose I think it'll feel forced and have no soul. This movie is crap of a special kind.

The moment you see the DVD menu pop up it's really squashed the cheese into a funky keyboard soundtrack loop. Sounds like an old Atari beat, and guess what? It's the main theme of the movie! Yaaayyye! There's a whole world of undiscovered straight-to-video 80's and 90's classics out there and Samurai Cop could be the figurehead for them all.

How the film starts is weird -- it's like being thrown half way. The music jumps and there's a gang meeting between badly voiced Japanese mobsters and sponge faced Robert Z'Dar (Maniac Cop) who's playing a Japanese Samurai called Yamashita. Dramatic music interludes later and they meet Mr. Lee and his rival gang. They ask if he wants to join up. Mr. Lee's henchman speaks and we doubled up laughing, his voice or dub or whatever, is so off that it sounds like his head's in a bucket or down a long tunnel. They refuse, so a fight breaks out and it's solid gold -- non connecting punches and kicks galore. Loads of dead dudes later and we cut to two cops, Joe and Frank. Joe is the only man with a deep tan. He has big muscles and long sexy hair. My Horror Soulmate laughed when Frank sort of properly crushed himself into the passenger seat of a car looking like Moses Hightower out of the Police Academy series.

Joe and Frank are hunting the Katana Gang, who are taking over Los Angeles. There's brilliant shots of a chopper that's meant to be above the city following a van but is obviously still on the ground. A case of cash for a case of dope on the marina between some crappy unthreatening bad guys. Joe Marshall and Frank Washington arrive to give chase in cars and at one point the vehicles are sped up and there's a wild man run over (but not really run over moment) which is very hard to explain in a review. “Shoot! Shoot him! Shoot!” barks Marshall. The chase ends as the last surviving bad guy with a funky 'stache crashes. The van bursts into flames and he runs around on fire for a while until (“Man, he's burning, we gotta do something!”) the cops blanket him and we clearly see a younger clean shaven stunt man who looks over to see if they're doing it correctly.

As synths play, a long well lit sex scene follows for no reason whatsoever between Joe and the blonde helicopter pilot. Random intrusive sex interludes jump in sometimes along the way.

Joe Marshall is known as Samurai Cop, brought up from another city by Frank to help battle the Katana Gang. He's been trained by the best Japanese masters and he so wants to be in a Steve Segal flick. The Katana's are quite angry. Remember that Robert Z'Dar, a.k.a. Yamashita is also a Samurai, so it goes without saying or much brain work to send him after Joe.

The two cops head over to the hospital where the burnt bad dude is. Joe sort of leers at each and every nurse and doctor whilst my Horror Soulmate wondered why they all looked as if they'd just stepped out of a porno movie. A rather intense wide-eyed cop tells the lads that the fella is really burnt up bad and apparently his lips are also burnt, so he won't talk for a few weeks.

Speaking of porno movies, by the way, when Yamashita sneaks into the man's room to cut his head off, the patient is all bandaged like a mummy and moaning and groaning as if performing an OTT masturbation session.

Why is it when Yamashita escapes the rear of the hospital, it's actually the back of a motel? Why is it when two guys confront him they both have the same voice?

Our cut price Lethal Weapon buddy cops come face to face with the heads of the gang as they sit in a cafe with their lawyer. Joe delivers a long drawling speech for them like a monologue from an educational film. “We respect the Japanese of this country who are honest business men. Yeah, this is the land of opportunity for legitimate business, not for death merchants who distribute drugs to our children.” On the way out, Yamashita calls up four steroidal thugs who are willing to attack and kill cops.

The police raid the home of a gang member, Okamura, who looks like a Japanese GG Allin. They've traced the four thugs to him. He's laid in bed with a woman who has an incredible talent -- she can talk with her mouth shut. Gunshots, running around, loud electronic music, men on rooftops, gotta love it.

“I'm unarmed, you wanna shoot me? Or fight me like a man?” so there's a massive scrap between Okamura and Joe who cries out like a martial artist but is totally out of sync with his mouth and expressions. Marshall is an unstoppable beast though.

The Katana Gang call some ghetto dudes from New York who come over to “break some legs,” but Joe has big hair and muscles so he's also got a cool trigger finger. More full on nude sex between Yamashita and his girl for a minute before he answers the phone. It really is like a Joe D'Amato flick with skin and things popping up here and there.

Yamashita starts to hunt Joe Marshall through the other cops, starting with Jenny the helicopter pilot who is tortured at length. They go for Frank but he survives, gets the information he needs and spends a long time ringing Joe over and over instead of calling for backup. Joe gets away and they meet with the police captain who wants them to take “that Japanese gangster” to war, burn his house down, etcetera. Afterwards they agree they'll hand their badges in.

The gore ranges from paintball splats, slit throats, to a severed arm (the stump appears to be a bloody cardboard tube), and a severed head. The action is badly staged throughout, ridiculous, but very plentiful and watchable. The fact that somebody believed this movie was ready to release is great, just like the many others I stated prior. Guns half cocked, a door opens and shuts over and over in a scene for no reason, glances to the camera and film crew -- it's all here.

Frank has awful puns and tries to raise some laughs, as does his expressions: “God damn!” The final confrontation between Joe Marshall and Yamashita smacks of gay porn close ups and moans. Plus like the best wrestlers, neither Robert Z’Dar nor Matt Hannon refuse to sell each other’s moves.

Extras are interesting. There's a Skype interview with the large faced Robert Z'Dar, and also with Gerald Okamura, who played Okamura (Huh??!!) He's a genuine Kung Fu, Kendo and many more master. There's a gallery of stills and a shit hot fan-made trailer which does Samurai Cop a lot more justice.

The writer/director Amir Shervan also created classic bad epics Hollywood Cop (with Cameron Mitchell) and Killing American Style (with Jim Brown and Robert Z'Dar) which means I'll have to see them both soon.

So what of Samurai Cop 2? Well, the characters Frank Washington, Yamashita, Joe Marshall and Okamura all return, and there's a role for George Lazenby as well. However I feel this may be a misjudged and misguided attempt to catch a moment in trash history and force it out. Dunno, I hope not.

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 DVD SPECS:
 Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
 Region: NTSC 1
 Audio: Dolby Digital


 SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:
 - Interviews with Robert Z'Dar, Gerald Okamura
 - Trailers
 - Film stills

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