American Samurai

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American Samurai
Directed bySam Firstenberg
Written byJohn Corcoran
StarringDavid Bradley
Mark Dacascos
Production
company
Release date
December 22, 1992 (Germany)
March 3, 1993 (United States)
November 3, 1993 (Japan)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

American Samurai is a martial-arts action film directed by Sam Firstenberg and starring David Bradley and Mark Dacascos and produced by Cannon Films. Filmed in Turkey, it was released in the United States in 1992.[1]

Premise[edit]

After a plane crash in the Japanese mountains, its only survivor—a baby named Andrew Collins—is adopted by Tatsuya Sanga, a samurai master. Andrew, along with the samurai's son, Kenjiro, are trained in the warrior’s way. Andrew excels in his training and soon surpasses his stepbrother’s skills. Kenjiro's jealousy pushes him to join the Yakuza, where he takes the Yakuza oath and forsakes the moral values of the samurai’s code. He leaves his father’s home, swearing to one day take revenge on his brother. Ten years later, Andrew works in L.A. as a journalist. He and a female photographer track down an opium-smuggling operation in Turkey. Soon, the drug dealers kidnapped the girl, forcing Andrew to enter a deadly weapons based martial-arts tournament ruled by illegal gamblers whose greatest champion is the lethal Kenjiro.

Cast[edit]

  • David Bradley as Andrew 'Drew' Collins
  • Mariano Edelman as Drew As Teenager
  • Euthymios Logothetis as Drew As Baby
  • Mark Dacascos as Kenjiro Sanga
  • Tal Akioshi Kitaoka as Kenjiro As Teenager
  • Valarie Trapp as Janet Ward
  • Rex Ryon as Ed Harrison
  • Melissa Hellman as Samantha
  • John Fujioka as Tatsuya Sanga
  • Douvi Cohen as Stephano
  • Rocky McDonald as Conan
  • Ron Vreeken as McKinney
  • Dion Lam as Hsing Yi / Lee
  • Antony Szeto as Phan-Xu
  • Melnik Dubroviko as Contestant
  • Kevin Villis as Contestant
  • Avi Mamn as Contestant
  • Vladimir Markov as Contestant
  • Mark Warren as Turk in Disco / Lars
  • Koby Azarly as Turk in Disco
  • Shalom Avitan as Turk in Disco
  • Baruch Berkin as Hotel Clerk
  • Arie Moscuna as Announcer
  • Michael Morim as Police Chief
  • Misha Gal as Body Guard
  • John Slater as Body Guard
  • Sigalit Shiry as Belly Dancer

Home media and alternate versions[edit]

The DVD is available in Region 1. However, it is based on the edited R-rated cut. This version has subtitles added to the days of the tournament (i.e. "Day 2", "Day 3", etc.) Additionally, many scenes of violence or injury are zoomed in on, poorly cropped, or deleted altogether to avoid explicit details. The unrated cut has different dialogue in some scenes, no subtitles, and all of the violence is onscreen and considerably more graphic. This version is not available in the United States but can be found in other regions. There is an uncut Belgian bootleg DVD and the British version has approximately one second of footage cut.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American samurai. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106258/
  2. ^ "AMERICAN SAMURAI". BBFC.

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