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Samurai Cop

Amir Shervan
USA 1989 / 95’

There is a new player on the street, the ruthless Katana gang. The only person who can stop them is Detective Joe Marshall, known as Samurai to his friends. This Iranian production is nothing more than an incredibly low-budget answer to the popular cop films of the 1980s like Lethal Weapon, based on the buddy-film formula. At the same time, it is one of the best-known films of the it’s-so-bad-it’s-good variety, with a script that lacks any logic, terrible acting, and odd dialogue. Altogether, it is wonderfully awful.

Amir Shervan

He was an Iranian film director, producer, actor, and screenwriter (1929-2006). After studying theatre in Pasadena, California, he returned to his home country and had a prolific cinema career that began with Parviz Khatibi's 1949 film Vaareite Bahari. After the Iranian Revolution, he installed himself in California and from 1987 to 1992, produced and directed several action films including Samurai Cop that starred Matt Hannon and Robert Z'Dar. Samurai Cop was restored in a brand new HD transfer for theatrical and DVD release by distributor Cinema Epoch in 2013. 

Selected filmography

1968 Zani be-name-Sharab

1987 Hollywood Cop

1989 Gliniarz samuraj / Samurai Cop

1990 Killing American Style

1992 Young Rebels

Cast & Crew

director Amir Shervan
screenplay Amir Shervan
cinematography Peter Palian
editing Amir Shervan, Ruben Zadurian
music Alan DerMarderosian
cast Robert Z'Dar, Matt Hannon, Jannis Farley, Mark Frazer, Melissa Moore, Krista Lane, Gerald Okamura, Jimmy Williams
producer Orlando Corradi, Amir Shervan
production Hollywood Royal Pictures
sales Cinema Epoch
language English
colouration colour