Samurai Cop (star Matt Hannon & more in person, Q&A moderated by Rob Schrab!)

One of our favorite Everything Is Festival late-night actioners is back — this time, with star Matt Hannon, co-stars Cranston Komuro & Gerald Okamura, and cinematographer Peter Palian in person (schedules permitting)! Q&A moderated by Rob Schrab. Even in an era when action sludge was more common than shoulder pads or skinny ties, 1989’s Samurai Cop stood out as a true anomaly. Perhaps living legend Joe Bob Briggs summed it up best: a “recently unearthed, soon-to-be-classic kung-fu action-comedy skin flick with gratuitous gore elements.” That’s a good start, and yet there’s so much more. Ex-Stallone bodyguard Matt Hannon stars as Joe Marshall, a rock of a man who will do literally whatever it takes to punish the guilty — even if that means taking dozens of innocent lives in the process. Teamed up with truly hilarious sidekick Frank (whose African-American-ness and genitals are mentioned waaaay more than once), Joe embarks on an adventure so psychedelically violent and sex-tastic, there’s a chance Hunter S. Thomson will return from his “space ashes” just to drool along with us. Oh, and fear not, Robert Z’Dar fans, you’ll see plenty of the chin that made the Z famous, in rare bearded form.
Dir. Amir Shervan, 1991, digital presentation, 96 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Samurai Cop”!
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Watch the original “resurrection” video of Matt Hannon!
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