SOLD OUT: BLACK SAMURAI (1977) – 21st November, Templegate Dojo, Temple Meads

Listen up you jive turkeys! We’re showing Jim Kelly’s cult blaxploitation/martial arts movie Black Samurai at an actual Bristol dojo! Can you dig it?

Black Samurai

By 1977, the blaxploitation genre was slowly running out of steam. Jim Kelly, who had been on the verge of becoming a superstar after almost stealing the show in 1973’s Enter the Dragon, and headlining Black Belt Jones and Three The Hard Way, also found his popularity waning.

The 80s were on the horizon and with them, the age of the great white action hero, and so it was with this last roll on the dice that Kelly looked to cement his standing alongside genre superstars like Fred Williamson and Pam Grier.

Unfortunately it did not go to plan.

Directed by prolific B-movie director Al Adamson (Dynamite Brothers, Dracula Vs. Frankenstein), Black Samurai is a mis-mash attempt to make a blaxploitation Bond film, as well as throwing in a whole host of ultra-bizarre nonsense – voodoo devil worship, killer midgets and a trained attack vulture!

One thing that makes the film stand out is its woefully-shot fight scenes. None of them take advantage of Kelly’s astounding martial prowess and you can see him having to painfully slow himself down when faced with indept stuntmen who have no sense of timing.

This, as well as the bizarre dialogue and weird editing you’d expect from the films we show, makes for a movie that pushes the boundaries of reality and common sense.

As one reviewer points out: “When you’re hunting down a ruthless “warlock” who plans to hold the world ransom with a “freeze bomb”, you sometimes need to fight an eagle in hand-to-hand combat.”

When: 8.00pm, Friday 21st November

Location: Templegate Dojo, Jacob Street entrance (behind Unity St), Bristol, BS2 0HN

£5 (in advance)/£6 (on the night) (all profits to My Tactics)

Robert Sands (Jim Kelly), super-agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations) is interrupted from his vacation to rescue former flame Toki (Essie Lin Chia), daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador who has been kidnapped by the evil Janicot (Bill Roy), Warlock leader of a devil-worshipping cult.

Advance tickets sold out. Tickets available on the door tonight.

“The action sequences are rad, featuring Jim Kelly beating the shit out of almost everyone he meets, including several little people stuntmen, yelling his own sound effects and swishing his feet around like a boxer.” AlexKittle.com

“Combining a hideously cheesy plot and acting with decent fight scenes between Kelly and a host of oddball opponents, the movie is either a B-movie fan’s dream or an insult to one’s intelligence.” Mark Pollard, KungFuCinema.com

“Kelly has to react so slowly to the stuntmen, setting up and delivering so perfunctorily on every body blow that the whole thing starts to look like a Village People waltz. You can literally see the pulled punches as the cast counts down in their head amid the moves.” DVDVerdict.com

80s ACTION DOUBLE BILL: DEADLY PREY / HARD TICKET TO HAWAII – 19th September 2014, Redgrave Theatre, Clifton

Prepare for gratuitous levels of violence and nudity as we show two cult actions classics from 1987 as part of Scalarama 2014 – David A Prior’s Deadly Prey and Andy Sidaris’ Hard Ticket To Hawaii!

80s action double bill

Two films! Two action-packed classics! Equal opportunity nudity for all!

Deadly Prey (1987): From the director of ManKillers and the producer/director of Space Mutiny, comes a true action classic of the 1980s. It tells the story of an elite squad of mercenaries who are kidnapping innocent people off the streets of Los Angeles in order to hunt them for sport. Unfortunately, they kidnap Mike Danton – who just happens to be one of the greatest warriors who has ever lived and turns the hunters into the hunted… while wearing only a pair of denim cutoffs!

Hard Ticket To Hawaii (1987): Part of Andy Sidaris’ ‘Girls, Guns and G-Strings‘ collection, Hard Ticket To Hawaii is best known for its ‘frisbee death scene‘ which has made it a hit on YouTube. The film follows government agents Donna and Taryn (played by Playboy centrefolds Dona Speir and Hope Marie Carlton) who uncover a diamond smuggling plot. Before they know it, they’re being pursued by hit men, a deadly female body builder and a killer snake that has been infected with toxic waste!

When: 7.00pm, Friday 19th September

Location: Clifton College’s Redgrave Theatre, Percival Rd, BS8 3LE

£7 (in advance)/£8 (on the night) (all profits going to Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia (WM) UK)

ADVANCE TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR

Deadly Prey: Colonel Hogan is a ruthless former military officer who trains a large group of former U.S. Servicemen as mercenaries by having them hunt down and kill people they abduct off the streets of Los Angeles. However, Hogan and his men meet their match when their latest kidnap victim turns out to be a tough gung-ho marine named Mike Danton!

Hard Ticket To Hawaii: Two drug enforcement agents are killed on a private Hawaiian island. Donna and Taryn, two operatives for The Agency, accidentally intercept a delivery of diamonds intended for drug lord Seth Romero, who takes exception and tries to get them back. Soon other Agency operatives get involved, and a full-scale fight to the finish ensues, complicated here and there by an escaped snake made deadly by toxic waste!