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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.


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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
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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You Have the Right to Remain Silent ... Dead Silent


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

30 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szamuráj zsaru See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mark Frazer went for his audition at the director's house and was cast on the spot without even seeing the script or knowing who his character was. See more »


The car chase scene features shots from all across LA stitched together in an impossible and ludicrous sequence. See more »


Joe Marshall, the samurai cop: Are you Fuj... Fujiyama?
Fooj Fujiyama: Yes, I am. Who are you?
Joe Marshall, the samurai cop: I'm a cop!
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A great bad movie
2 May 2018 | by elgaboteSee all my reviews

It's so difficult to rate this movie and be fair, so I'll write a review to explain how I feel about it. Technically, it's a bad movie, with terrible directing, horrible writing, bad acting, absolutely no production, etc... But in the end it is so much fun to watch, that you end up loving it! I laughed to my tears many times, it is so bizarre at times that it's unique. Plus I HIGHLY recommend that you read the trivia and interviews with the main actor, Mathew Karedas to find out about the backstage stories. Hilarious! And they explain so much on how and why the movie is so ridiculous, you'll love it.

So in the end, this is not intentionally made ridiculous as it's the case of Black Dynamite (which I loved, by the way...), and I can't really qualify this high, it would be unfair for good film makers, but I still RECOMMEND TO WATCH IT as it's so much fun!! I changed from 2 to 6, I would put an 8 only because I had so much fun... 2 is too low, in the end, movies are meant to entertain and this do, so i'll give it a 5 so people don't just ignore the movie because of the super low score. Watch it!!!

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