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Evil Japanese gangster boss Fujiyama (Joselito Escober) ... is evil,
that's why the local police force has requested long-haired cop Joe (Matt
Hannon) from San Diego, because he's known as the Samurai Cop, and
heck, if a samurai can't take care of a Japanese, who can?
Joe and his
black sidekick Frank soon make their first arrest, a member of Fujiyama's
gang, but Fujiyama doesn't like loose ends like accomplices who could
talk, so he has his second in command Yamashita (Robert Z'Dar) - whom he
calls his samurai - kill him while the police have put him under heavy
guard in a hospital. Joe and Frank learn their lesson from this incident,
and from now on they don't arrest suspects anymore, they kill them right
Eventually, Joe meets Fujiyama's girlfriend Jennifer, and the two
almost immediately fall in love. Meanwhile Fujiyama has his men track down
Joe's colleagues to torture his address out of them (why it's so easy to
get the addresses of Joe's colleagues and so hard to get Joe's address is
beyond me), and finally they succeed, but Joe of course manages to shoot
his way out.
Fujiyama learns that Jennifer loves not him but Joe, so he
takes her hostage, and when Joe and Frank stop by to arrest him, he forces
them to lay down their weapons by threatening her life - then he shoots
Frank, but fails to kill him because Frank was wearing a bullet proof
vest. Thought dead Frank shoots back and kills Fujiyama, who isn't wearing
one, for real.
Ultimately, Joe and Frank go after Yamashita, and after
shooting all his henchmen, Yamashita challenges Joe to a sword duel -
which he loses of course. He then begs Joe to kill him according to
samurai tradition, but Frank holds Joe back - so Yamashita commits
When it comes to bad action trash, Samurai Cop
has all the elements in the right places: A very silly, even skeletal plot
that's still messed up somehow, badly executed and edited action
sequences, unconvincing martial arts, Caucasian actors posing as Asians, a
lack of understanding for Japanese culture parts of this film are based
on, a terrible lead, a below average cast, excuses to show boobs aplenty,
ridiculous dialogue, unintentionally hilarious scenes (like the one in
which Joe ponders if it's appropriate to interrupt a suspect's sexual
intercourse to arrest him, only to be stopped cold by a standard sliding
door once his mind is made up), a totally out-of-place synthi-pop score, and of course a total lack of
(self-)irony. All this naturally makes up a bad movie, but in the case of Samurai
Cop it's a great bad movie, one that isn't ashamed for being
what it is (though it should be) and that's so wonderfully uninhibited in
its trashiness, as if nobody with a hint of intellect has ever even seen
Of course, Samurai Cop is anything but stimulation
for the mind, but with a few beers and a few friends, it's a great watch
and more fun than most comedies.