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Samurai Cop (1989/Cinema Epoch DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C-     Extras: C     Film: B+



The cops of Los Angeles are under attack of a wave of crime by the Katana gang as the police find themselves, out gunned, out sword-ed and out manned.  Only one man can stop them and that is kung-fu, sword swinging, gun fighting Joe Marshall (Matt Hannon), aka the Samurai Cop (1989).  Trained by the masters in Japan he is the only one well equipped (and well endowed enough) to take on this mafia.  Along with his partner, a horny nurse and sexy police woman he'll leave a path of destruction in his wake. 


This film was a blast from the past, when Mafioso wore shades all the time, a good cop carries a big gun and blows away the bad guys, and Synthpop was considered cool.  Joe is hero cop, he looks like a buff-outed hippy that somehow wandered into the ‘80s, he's lucky with all the ladies, a pain in the butt for his chief and leaves a trail of body bags and explosions where ever he goes.  He is good with swords, guns, or even his bare hands, he takes on the entire mafia single handedly, working his way up from the street thugs to the final boss.


Director Amir Shervan’s film was one clichéd movie of the ‘80s if I ever saw one, coming at the end of the decade of so many similar, reactionary films.  The main character was like a Fabio, the 'Japanese' mobsters were mainly played by Americans and camera shots looked like they were all filmed on site in a real location.  The actions scenes had a lot of posing and cheesy one liner jokes and between the action scenes was sex scenes.  This is a lot of fun and a must see camp action classic!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image has a print that shows its age, but efforts have been made to make this look as good as it could, while the lossy Dolby Digital sound shows the age and low budget of the recording, but I found this more warped and distorted than expected; again from the age of the material.  Extras include interviews, gallery and trailers.



-   Ricky Chiang


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