Thursday, June 6, 2013

Black Samurai (1977)

Director: Al Adamson

Starring: Jim Kelly, Bill Roy, Roberto Contreras, Marilyn Joi, Essie Lin Chia

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The Cool Master of Kung-Fu and Karate!

Plot: Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand's girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a terrific new weapon - the freeze bomb - but the 'Warlock' behind the deed is also into the business of drug dealing and Voodoo ritual murders. The search takes him from Hong Kong to California through Miami, and plenty of action, against bad men, bad girl, and bad animals.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes, but with a crowd and more liquor.

Featured on Stephen Romano Presents Shock Festival (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

Al Adamson is one of the most incompetent directors I've ever come across but don't let that stop you from 'experiencing' ANY of his pictures.  Wow.  This one is surprisingly devoid on a lot of once big-name actors (except Jim Kelly).  Adamson doesn't believe in spending time and money getting coverage shots.  His pictures feel like he left little on the cutting room floor.  His pictures are so bad that you come away from them thinking you could do better than that and you'd probably be right.  That said, this one is so bad it's least I think it is.  I watched this one alone but I suspect it will play much better with a crowd so I'm willing to give it another chance someday.  Hell, it's worth it just to see Jim Kelly fight a buzzard or a vulture or something!  That's right, a buzzard!!!

I know, you're sold now, right?

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