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    B-MOVIE BINGO: KARATE COP

    KARATE COP (1991)
    Showing Tuesday 7/3/2018 at The Hollywood Theatre

    In the future, there is no law or order. Only John Travis; the last cop on Earth. Across a desolate land littered with ghost towns and haunted by desperate criminals, Travis and Rachel, a beautiful scientist he saves from marauding scavengers, search for a hidden crystal, a stone which will enable them to activate a dormant transporting device.

    In their frantic quest, they must defeat a gladiator killing machine in a martial arts blood match — a fight to the death. Directed by Alan Roberts.

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: SAMURAI COP with Matt Hannon in person!

    SAMURAI COP (1991)
    Showing Tuesday 9/9/2014 at The Hollywood Theatre

    SPECIAL B-MOVIE BINGO EVENT: We’ve got Matt Hannon, Samurai Cop himself, coming in person on September 9th! He’s going to introduce the movie, answer some audience questions, and maybe even be an honorary Guest Judge. In the words of Matt Hannon, “I will sit with you up front and I will place the lion head upon your piano.”

    Our love affair with SAMURAI COP (1991) started in 2005 when we found what was an apparently unauthorized DVD version at Movie Madness. We’ve spent the better part of the last decade privately wondering to ourselves about the origins of this film, and the fate of its cast. Now we know too much, and in spite of this over-saturation of information, satisfaction has been achieved. For us, and now all, things have come full circle.

    Now, on to the movie. It’s 1991, and the Japanese Katana Gang have a death grip on the city of Los Angeles. Who better to deal with the problem than Joe Marshall, the “Samurai Cop”? Hannon, who was once on Sylvester Stallone’s personal bodyguard detail, stars in the title role. This is a man that looks like a Dorito. For half the movie, he wears a woman’s wig with a baseball hat. And regarding his police work: let’s just say… he can “read eyes”. Robert Z’dar co-stars as the maniac samurai henchman Yamashita bent on taking out Marshall. His beard obscures his enormous jaw. Be ready for burning humans, severed limbs, gun and sword fights, and lots of long, awkward love scenes. Join Joe “The Samurai” Marshall and his sidekick Frank as they take on the minions of the crime underworld. Written and directed by Amir Shervan.

    “Yama… Yama… whatever!” –Matt Hannon, 2014

    Matt’s Q&A at last month’s event in Seattle:

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: CHINA O’BRIEN

    ChinaOBrien_webCHINA O’BRIEN (1990)
    Showing Tuesday 8/5/2014 at The Hollywood Theatre

    The formidable duo of Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton rarely fail to please. In CHINA O’BRIEN, Rothrock stars as a big-city cop/karate instructor who quits the force after a gang-related shooting takes the life of one her students. She decides to go back home to the country, where her father is the sheriff, only to find her hometown overrun by corrupt jerks. When her father and his deputy (in awesome back-to-back scenes) get killed by car bombs, all hell breaks loose–and she gets elected sheriff! All right!

    Usually in movies like this, Rothrock fights the boss at the end, which means they are also karate experts, or at least have plenty of Uzis. Not the case here–the bad guys are old men who sit in dark rooms plotting. To fight them, she runs for sheriff and is elected, and then deputizes her old flame Richard Norton, some high school kids, and a mysterious karate-kicking Native American with one hand (we think) named Dakota. Throughout the movie, Dakota saves her ass over and over and disappears on his dirt bike. No one is impressed though–and he’s not really acknowledged by Rothrock or Norton until about three-fourths through the movie. When they finally want to know who he is, it’s with a “Who the hell does he think he is–let’s show him!” kind of attitude. Then they get in a car chase, and the rest is what you’d expect–he becomes a friend and deputy.

    This movie is non-stop entertainment. Even when nothing’s happening, it’s strange enough to keep us interested. Directed by Robert Clouse.