Ms. Kisner attacks Samurai Cop 2 with a mostly positive review.
|"Anyway. How is your sex life?"|
Samurai Cop 2 was funded by Kickstarter as the original film had many fans that were excited to see a sequel. Even more exciting is almost everyone from the initial film was able to return to reprise their characters from the first movie, which is almost unheard of in sequels with a gap this large between films. Matt Hannon is back as Samurai Cop and his goofy expression havin’ partner Frank (Mark Frazer) has returned as well. As an aside: was Hannon cryogenically frozen and thawed out for this film because he looks exactly the same and has not aged one bit! They also added some other b-movie alumni to the film to include Bai Ling, Tommy Wiseau (!), Cranston Komuro (who played the villain in the first flick) and a couple of porn actresses to round out the roster.
|"I will penetrate you."|
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The cinematography isn't bad for a b-movie and the fight scenes have actual choreography this time around. Hatanaka tried to keep that direct-to-video feel of the first film but you can definitely tell they had more money to work with. There are some nods to its source with purposely terrible green screen and weird editing choices. The story still doesn’t make a lick of sense, but the dialog is hilariously bad and the acting is even worse, which is exactly what we expect from a movie like this. Tommy Wiseau’s performance is…something to see. I have a feeling they just let the camera roll with him and just had him ad-lib some crazy shit for a couple of hours. Matt Hannon plays Samurai Cop with all the stoicism he can muster (with his real hair too) and gets to show off some of his “fancy” sword fighting moves. Overall, if you were a fan of the first film or just love zany b-movies, you will find something to dig about Samurai Cop 2. Maybe in twenty more years we will get to see a Samurai Cop 3!