Forgotten Action Cinema: American Samurai

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American Samurai (1992) Movie PosterContinuing in their thankless quest to blanket the globe with cheap, run-of-the-mill action pictures, forgotten B-movie mastermind Cannon Films released the David Bradley “Bloodsport” knock-off “American Samurai” upon the world at-large way back in the year that was 1992, roughly twelve months before the company officially ceased operation. The film concerns itself greatly with the lukewarm adventures of an American journalist (Bradley) and his slightly spiritual journey into the heart of a ruthless underground “live blade” tournament. Though it often aspires to greater planes of cinematic maturity, “American Samurai” is exactly like every other low-budget martial arts flick produced during this decidedly silly era of American action filmmaking. The performances are exceptionally foul and dramatically overblown, especially from a very young, very irritating Mark Dacascos, who uses every single line as an excuse to chew scenery like a toothless hillbilly at a big city tobacco festival. If that thorny element wasn’t enough to ruin your oh-so lovely evening, the film included on the Warner Brothers Region 1 DVD has been seemingly hacked to pieces in order to secure its rather weak R rating. Does an uncut version of this film actually exist? If you have an unusual appetite for painfully bad cinema, “American Samurai” works as a high-calorie guilty pleasure suitable for viewing late at night when everyone else is asleep. This will be our little secret, okay? Super. Check out one of the many fights from the flick below.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Rob

    Wow… Antony Szeto and Dion Lam looking 20 years younger in the fight scene. Both respected film industry people in Hong Kong and Hollywood now.