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Ghost Warrior (1984)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | March 1986 (USA)
A deep-frozen 400-year-old samurai is shipped to Los Angeles, where he comes back to life. Dazed and confused, he goes on a rampage. Can the female scientist and her colleague who revived him stop him before it's too late?

Director:

J. Larry Carroll (as Larry Carroll)

Writer:

Tim Curnen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroshi Fujioka ... Yoshimitsu
John Calvin ... Dr. Alan Richards
Janet Julian ... Chris Welles
Charles Lampkin Charles Lampkin ... Willie Walsh
Frank Schuller Frank Schuller ... Detective Berger
Bill Morey Bill Morey ... Dr. Carl Anderson
Andy Wood Andy Wood ... Dr. Pete Denza
Robert Kino Robert Kino ... Prof. Takagi
Joan Foley Joan Foley ... Ellie West
Peter Liapis ... Johnny Tooth
Mieko Kobayashi Mieko Kobayashi ... Chidori
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Japanese Officer (as Toshiji Obata)
Rob Narita ... Boy Skier
Lynn Kuratomi Lynn Kuratomi ... Girl Skier
Chris Caputo Chris Caputo ... Tom Jenks
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A deep-frozen 400-year-old samurai is shipped to Los Angeles, where he comes back to life. Dazed and confused, he goes on a rampage. Can the female scientist and her colleague who revived him stop him before it's too late?

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Forgotten by time...Awakened by science...An ancient warrior faces the battle of his life. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swordkill See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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"There are no second chances."
22 January 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

In 16th century Japan, an efficient and fearless Samurai named Yoshimitsu (Hiroshi Fujioka) is wounded in battle after his sweetheart has been killed. He falls into a body of water and is frozen for over 400 years. Then, in the 1980s, his perfectly preserved body is discovered, shipped to America, and he is soon revived, to adjust to a different time in history and a different culture. A journalist named Chris Welles (Janet Julian) tries to protect him from those that would do him harm.

"Ghost Warrior" is definitely a notch above the typical Empire Pictures fare. Produced by Charles Band, written by Tim Curnen ("Forbidden World"), and directed by J. Larry Carroll (co- writer of "Tourist Trap"), it works largely because it's able to downplay comedy and take its premise fairly seriously. It also works because it allows Fujioka to play his time travelling warrior with a great deal of dignity. This doesn't mean that it's without a sense of humour, but it never gets overly campy or cheesy.

Granted, more could have been done with scenes of Yoshimitsu experiencing 1984 L.A. (among other things, he discovers cars, tires, TV sets...and the heavy metal band W.A.S.P.). The character of Alan Richards (John Calvin) is rather ridiculous what with the about-face that he pulls. And the movie ultimately loses a bit of momentum in its final act.

Still, it's appealing, and earnestly acted. The lovely Julian ("Humongous", "King of New York") is a fine leading lady. Fujioka does have an effective screen presence. Veteran Charles Lampkin (Arch Obolers' "Five") is extremely likable as the senior citizen who attempts to befriend Yoshimitsu. Bill Morey ("Death Race 2000"), Andy Wood ("Rambo: First Blood Part II"), Robert Kino ("Night of the Creeps"), and Peter Liapis ("Ghoulies") co-star.

"Ghost Warrior" has a solid, atmospheric opening and a very nice music score by Richard Band. It actually gets pretty gory at times.

Worth a look for 1980s cult cinema enthusiasts.

Eight out of 10.


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