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1980’s: Samurai Cop

Sat 27 June (Late night)

We are very excited to announce that are 1980s screening will be celebrating the straight to video classic Samurai Cop in collaboration with 80’s Picturehouse

Made in 1989 and released straight to video, Samurai Cop has become a cult classic and a sequel has recently been successfully funded through Kickstarter. Described as ‘both the best and the worst action film ever’, Samurai Cop is an unintentionally hilarious action film that sees San Diedo cop Joe ‘Samurai’ Marshall (Matt Hannon) dispatched to stop the drug-trafficking Yakuza cartel – The Katana Gang.

Historical background

80s cinemagoing was dominated by the development of new multiplex cinemas and the expansion of home entertainment. VCR’s, cable and Satellite television became much more affordable and created the opportunity for independent and small film companies to thrive. Genre and cult films gained new audiences through the proliferation of video shops on the high street and repeats on late night television.


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