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American Samurai (1993)
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Nomination Year: 1997
SYNOPSIS:  A deadly plane crash. Martial arts battles. A killer with a blade braided into the end of his hair. Really, it all runs together.

Young boy's parents are killed in a plane crash. I think he survives, is raised by a reclusive old martial-arts guy who already has a son. Martial-arts guy gives the sacred family sword to his adopted son rather than his biological son.

Biological son takes exception to this, becomes Real Bad Guy, and makes our hero's life a living heck on earth, luring him to a martial arts tournament, and forcing him to fight.

There, now I've dredged it up again. Are you happy now?

"Wanna Run That By Me Again?"

A Man's Gotta Do What a Man's Gotta Do. I Think.
"It is my giri, that which I must do, and it is right because it is what I must do..."

Best One-Liner

Nice Hat
Samurai walks into the arena to face his challenger (a Swede wearing furs and a huge horned helmet). The challenger is roaring to the crowd, the crowd is cheering back, and the samurai walks up calm and stoically, looks at the Swede, and says, "Nice hat."

Smithee Award Winner! "Whoops!"

This Reflects Badly on the Production Values
The amazing color-changing plane that also reflects crew members in its windows.


I Am Rubber, You Are Glue...
Our hero used his sword to bat away a thrown sword, which then flies back and impales the person who threw it.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
David Bradley  
Mark Dacascos best known as "The Chairman's Nephew" in Iron Chef America 
John Fujioka  
Director Claim to Fame
Sam Firstenberg director of the "classics" American Ninja and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo 

Kevin Hogan

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