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That couldn't be a wig could it?
on 11 April 2016
Samurai cop has some awful production values, you know this thing was shot on a budget when they avoid night-time shots because they're too expensive to light and members of the cast have to wear their own clothes and drive their own cars.
The film is very light on story but heavy on action, though not all that well executed action. It seems to be a rip off of Lethal Weapon, and a couple of other action movies from the 1980s with the cheesy one liners and the big muscular hero. Tastes have moved on a bit since those days and now new action films have to be slick and intelligent like the Jason Bourne franchise. This film feels like a return to a simpler time. The plot in fact is very simple, Samurai Cop must take down a gang of Japanese criminals and also get the girl.
A couple of odd curiosities include uneasily long love making scenes and a complete absence of anything to do with samurai culture, which is unexpected considering the title.
The lead character embodies many of the clichés from the period the indestructible, womanizing maverick who gets his superiors worked up into a fit and gets the ladies worked up into a steam. Some of the dialogue during the action sequences is just dreadful, for instance when they're in the car chase at the start we hear "shoot", "faster", "shoot", "go faster..."
For all it's a fault though the film was made with heart, with higher production values some the problems could have fixed, the film often did only one take for each scene, I guess because they couldn't afford the film reel for lots of takes. It has a low budget charm and some awesome little moments that are genuinely memorable. The film at times feels like a slight satire of action movies, though I don't think it was intended as a satire.