Samurai Cop (1991)
In the pantheon of cult films Samurai Cop stands as one of the greats. It was directed by the Iranian director Amir Shervan who, after fleeing the revolution in his home country, decided to move to America to make amazing direct-to-video films starring Robert Z’Dar (as one does). Z’Dar, for those inclined towards more reputable (boring) cinema and who therefore are unacquainted with his masterful filmography, is among the most recognizable and glorious B-movie “That Guy!”’s in the history of people building movies. Z’Dar was as wonderful an artist as his name implies, a hulking man who previous to his acting career worked as both a Chicago cop and a Chippendales dancer (one can only hope he pursued these careers concomitantly). Z’Dar was also the owner of the most transcendent chin in the history of people having chins. Z’Dar’s most well-known role may be in the excellent 1989 action movie Tango & Cash, though B-movie aficionados will forever praise his thespianism in such classics as Maniac Cop (1988), Maniac Cop 2 (1990), and Fugitive X: Innocent Target (1996). (I’ve actually never seen that last one but it has to be great). Z’Dar, due to his formidable Chippendale’s physique and massive chin, was often cast as a hulking monster of one sort or another, a modern day Tor Johnson, but Amir Shervan broke the mold in this regard and has Z’Dar playing the slick and charming supervillain Yamashita in Samurai Cop. Z’Dar even gets a sex scene, which is a beautiful thing to behold indeed. I feel relatively secure in my heteronormative cisgenderedness but I would not have thrown Robert Z’Dar out of bed, had the opportunity ever presented itself.
|The beautiful Robert Z'Dar as "Yashamita"|