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Black Samurai [DVD]

Jim Kelly (II) , Bill Roy , Al Adamson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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When the daughter of a royal family is held hostage, JIM KELLY, agent for D.R.A.G.O.N. will stop at nothing to destroy the evil organisation that abducted her. This film is martial arts blaxploitation at its finest. Jim Kelly is best known for his role in Bruce Lee s Enter The Dragon in 1973. He went on to make a number of fight-oriented black films, including the cult features Black Belt Jones and HotPotato . Black Samurai was directed by Al Adamson, one of the true Cult Classic directors of the 70s. From 1969 to 1978, he directed at least 18 films, mostly in the B Horror genre; he is best known for horror classics like Dracula v Frankenstein and I Spit On Your Corpse . Black Samurai was in some ways a departure for Adamson.

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Jim Kelly, the star of Black Samurai, was a multi-talented martial artist perhaps best remembered for his role in Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon. Black Samurai is essentially a vehicle for his fighting skills in which he plays a secret agent out to retrieve his Japanese sweetheart from the drug-dealing Satanist who has abducted her to blackmail her father. His investigative skills are almost non-existent--much of the plot consists of his arriving at the villains' houses and hitting people. At the same time, the character's utter ruthlessness and the extravagant evil of the villains, the chief of whom, Jannicot, is in the habit of sicking a vulture on his enemies, are entertaining enough and the 1970s styling unselfconsciously entertaining. The director, Al Adamson, was mostly famous for his horror films, and there is a Gothic extravagance to the sets and gimmicks here: Kelly's jet-pack sequence has to be seen to be believed.

On the DVD: The DVD comes with a wonderful period trailer for The Green Hornet, the usual chapter selection, biographies of Kelly and Adamson (who was murdered in 1995) and a feature which enables you to look at the fight scenes in isolation. --Roz Kaveney

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When the daughter of a royal family is held hostage, Jim Kelly, agent for D.R.A.G.O.N, will stop at nothing to destroy the evil organization that abducted her. This film is martial arts "blaxploitation" at its finest.

Jim Kelly is best known for his role in Bruce Lee's "Enter The Dragon" in 1973. he went on to make a number of fight-oriented black films, including the cult features "Black Belt Jones" and "Hot Potato".

Black Samurai was directed by Al Adamson, one of the true "cult classic" directors of the 1970s. From 1969 to 1978, he directed at least 18 films, mostly in the B horror genre; he is best known for horror classics like "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" and "I Spit On Your Corpse." Black Samurai was in some ways a departure for Adamson.

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