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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 tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop the Katana, a renegade Yakuza gang composed of violent and sadistic killers who want to lead the drug trade in Los Angeles.


Amir Shervan


Amir Shervan



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Z'Dar ... Yamashita
Mathew Karedas ... Joe Marshall (as Matt Hannon)
Janis Farley Janis Farley ... Jennifer (as Jannis Farley)
Mark Frazer ... Frank Washington
Melissa Moore ... Peggy (as Melisa Moore)
Cameron Cameron ... Female Henchwoman
Gerald Okamura ... Okamura
Dale Cummings Dale Cummings ... Capt. Rohmer
Cranston Komuro ... Fujiyama
Joselito Rescober ... Costa Rican Waiter (as Joselito C. Rescober)
Jerry Black Jerry Black
Orlando Quijano Orlando Quijano ... Burning Van Driver (as Ali Teymury)
James Waltz James Waltz ... Tony the Lawyer
Reginald Williams Reginald Williams
Tom Gleason Tom Gleason


Joe Marshall and Frank Washington are two tenacious police detectives who seek at all costs to stop 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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Release Date:

30 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szamuráj zsaru See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A gangster shoots at Joe, breaking empty glass bottles positioned in front of a wall and a television. The bottles would not significantly slow down or deflect the bullets; the shots should still impact the TV and wall and leave obvious holes. See more »


Frank Washington: What does "katana" mean?
Joe Marshall, the samurai cop: It means "Japanese sword".
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Entertaining garbage.
26 June 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Joe Marshall (goofy beefcake actor Matt Hannon) is a detective trained in the ways of the samurai, and together with his affable partner Frank Washington (Mark Frazer), he goes after the many goons and thugs working for big time Japanese mobster Mr. Fujiyama.

That's about it for plot in this knowingly cheesy, sloppy, and silly martial arts action movie mess, written and directed by Amir Shervan. Obviously he knew exactly what kind of movie he was making, and just had fun with it. Often, "Samurai Cop" offers plenty of bad movie charm, as it clunks along from one inept sequence to another. The acting is hilariously, endearingly dumb across the board, with Hannon as one majorly wooden hero. Frazer has many great facial reactions. The ladies present are delicious eye candy: Melissa Moore as horny cop Peggy, Jannis Farley as leading lady Jennifer, and Krista Lane as a henchwoman. Robert Z'Dar is great fun as Yamashita, the primary henchman.

Marshall dispenses with inept bad guys left, right and centre; ultimately, the movie isn't always terribly funny, and gets a little tiresome, but it's still amusing enough to make it pleasant if not uproarious fare. It could have used some better pacing, but still delivers enough laughs for those B cinema enthusiasts looking to have a night of bad movies and beers.

Six out of 10.

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