1991, US, DCP, VO
With a corpus of work that is miles away from Avi Mograbi, Amir Shervan ("Hollywood Cop", "Killing American Style") is not your typical Middle Eastern filmmaker. After a handful of B-movie gems, Amir helms "Samurai Cop" in 1991, his fifth and last feature film. It's a sleeper in the kingdom of so-bad-it's-good movies that has recently gained cult status, more than 20 years after its video release. "Samurai Cop" is more a buddy-cop than a samurai movie and tries to cash in on the fading rage of cinematic combat sports with its title. With the unknown duo Matt Hannon and Mark Frazer, and more recognizable faces from low-budget cinema like Robert Z’Dar and Gerald Okamura, this film is the perfect example of shameless exploitation, seemingly made from fragments, non-rehearsed scenes, and ramshackle dialogue. Ultimate pulp!