Swordkill (1984)

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Swordkill: Directed by J. Larry Carroll. With Hiroshi Fujioka, John Calvin, Janet Julian, Charles Lampkin. A deep-frozen 400-year-old samurai is shipped to Los Angeles, where he comes back to life. Dazed and confused, he goes on a rampage. Can the female scientist and her colleague who revived him stop him before it’s too late?

“Ghost Warrior (1986) u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003e* 1/2 (out of 4)u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe body of a 400-year-old samurai (Hiroshi Fujioka) is found frozen in Japan so itu0026#39;s moved to Los Angeles where a secret agency brings it back to life. It doesnu0026#39;t take long for the samurai to escape and start killing off some bad people but a reporter (Janet Julian) goes along with him to try and protect him from the agency who wants him dead before anyone finds out what they did. GHOST WARRIOR comes from producer Charles Band so that should tell you to expect a low-budget, silly story and nothing too spectacular. This here is a pretty strange film because itu0026#39;s clearly just trying to cash in on the success of other martial arts movies but Iu0026#39;m not sure who this film was aimed at. The story itself is somewhat sci-fi but those elements are never really explored. The martial arts stuff takes up a good portion of the running time but thereu0026#39;s so much more that could have been done but isnu0026#39;t. Early on we get a campy scene where a bunch of punks are picking on an old man and then the samurai comes to his rescue. These scenes are pure camp and they are fun and help make the picture interesting. These scenes also contain some campy violence but sadly moments like these are so far apart from one another. The relationship with the reporter is just downright silly and never really adds up to anything. Itu0026#39;s too this stuff wasnu0026#39;t eliminated in favor of more action. GHOST WARRIOR is the type of u0026quot;Cu0026quot; picture most people are going to be expecting but itu0026#39;s too bad a little more effort wasnu0026#39;t put into it because we could have had a fun camp film.”


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