'My Samurai: MVD Rewind Collection'
(Julian Lee, Terry O'Quinn, Mako, Bubba Smith, et al / Blu-ray / NR / (1992) 2019 / MVD Visual)
Overview: When young Peter McCrea (John Kallo) witnesses a gang murder, he is thrust into a dangerous world where strength and power are the keys to survival.
His only hope is Young Park (Julian Lee, Assassin's Code), a powerful martial arts master with a gift for destroying any opposition. On the run from the gang and the police, Young Park must teach Peter the secrets of self defense - and inner strength.
From one action-packed sequence to the next, Peter learns about courage, force, and himself - so that he may confront the ultimate challenge of his life.
Blu-ray Verdict: The solo directorial debut of Fred H. Dresch - after making his mark as an assistant director on cult classics such as 'Final Exam' and 'Syngenor' and boasting a supporting cast that includes Mako ('Conan The Barbarian'), Terry O'Quinn ('Lost') and Bubba Smith (the 'Police Academy' series), 'My Samurai: Special Edition' Blu-ray is out October 15th, 2019 via MVD Visual.
Taekwondo champ Julian Lee has been appearing in action movies since 1990, but his earliest work readily available in North America was always this under-rated gem 'My Samurai' from 1992.
Simply put, When a young boy (John Kallo) witnesses an underworld crime, his babysitter (Lynne Hart) and he are targeted for assassination and must rely on the protection of a martial arts instructor (Lee).
Young Park's (Julian Jung Lee) fights are certainly the highlights of this film, especially the two fights with Crest (Mark Steven Grove).
In what was stunt casting at its finest, Park fights in alleys, up and down staircases, while handcuffed sometimes, in a hospital gown, and on snow-cover mountains while wounded!
Ergo, action fans will find the fights and the car chases they desire aplenty here and while 'My Samurai' is not Academy Award material (and the script has a few holes abounding), there is definitely a slew of good, solid acting in-between.
In truth, lead villain Mako and absentee father, the always-brilliant and believable Terry O'Quinn have relatively few scenes despite their important roles, but that doesn't distract from the plot all that much luckily.
The downside? Well, 'My Samurai' is a low-budget independent production starring a lot of strange-looking non-actors, and features broken-English dialogue on top of a muffled, unintelligible sound recording, at times, sorry.
Again though, there are lots of close-quarters street fighting and even some show-off flashness - like when the glam gang brings forth several acrobatic tricksters to take care of business - so the purist in all of us that loves all that kind of stuff is going to be very happy with this new-to-Blu-ray release from MVD Visual. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p, 1.78:1) Extended Cut presentation of the main feature
English 2.0 Stereo Sound (LPCM) Audio
Optional English Subtitles
NEW! Interview with stars Julian Lee & Mark Steven Grove (HD, 45:18)
NEW! 'Watching My Scenes' with actor Jim Turner (HD, 23:58)
NEW! Interview with actor Christophe Clarke (HD, 28:40)
The original R-rated version of the film (SD, 1.37:1, 85:12)
Julian Lee Photo Galley
Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 01:30)