Black Samurai

Classic Cult Flavor Trailers Presents is our new series of cult movie and television trailers, a series that began on the Facebook page for Cult Flavor Apparel. The series has been so popular with fans, we’ve decided to make it a regular series on Periodically, we’ll be posting trailers from classic movies, along with random trivia, synopses and interviews related to that project, where available.

We’re kicking the series off with Black Samurai, featuring Jim Kelly as Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. – which stands for Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations. Kelly’s character is playing tennis while on vacation with a beautiful black girl (B-Movie actress Marilyn Joi), when his commanding officer from D.R.A.G.O.N. (Aldo Ray from Kill a Dragon) ask him to save a Chinese girl named Toki (Essie Lin Chia, best known for Return of the One-Armed Swordsman) who happens to be Sand’s girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a new weapon, called the freeze bomb, but the ‘Warlock’ (Bill Roy) behind the deed is also into the business of drug dealing and Voodoo ritual murders. The search takes him from Hong Kong to California and through Miami, with plenty of action, bad men, bad girl, and bad animals, along the way.

Black Samurai (1977)

Alternate Titles

  • Jim Kelly, O Mavros Samurai (Greece)
  • Black Terminator
  • Der Einzelkämpfer (Austria)
  • The Freeze Bomb (Europe)
  • O Samurai Negro (Portugal)

Release Dates: February,  1977 (USA),  January 22,  1982 (Portugal),  

Countries: USA,  

Genres: Blaxploitation,  Action,  Martial Arts,  Crime,  

Studios: Trans National,  

Production Companies: Televentures,  BJLJ International Corp.,  

Producers: John Bud Cardos (Associate Producer),  Barbara Holden (Producer),  Steven Vail (Co-Producer),  Laurence Joachim (Executive Producer),  

Directors: Al Adamson,  

Writers: Marc Olden (Original Book),  B. Readick (Screenplay),  Marco Joachim (Screenplay),  

Cast: Alfonso Walters as Leopard Man,  Biff Yeager as Pines,  Bill Roy as Janicot,  Charles Grant as Bone,  Cowboy Lang as Himself,  Erwin Fuller as Bodyguard,  Essie Lin Chia as Toki Konuma,  Felix Silla as Rheinhardt,  Jace Khan as Jace,  Jerry Marin as Shotgun Spiro,  Jim Kelly as Robert Sand,  Little Tokyo as Himself,  Marilyn Joi as Synne,  Peter Dane as Farnsworth,  Regina Carrol as Voodoo Dancer,  Roberto Contreras as Chavez,  


  • The 1977 film Black Samurai is one of two films that martial artist and actor Jim Kelly is credited for having choreographed martial arts scenes. The other is 1976's Hot Potato.

  • Director Al Adamson's wife, Regina Carrol, played a Voodoo Dancer in Black Samurai. The attractive blonde bombshell appeared in a number of B-Movies of the era, including Satan's Sadists, The Female Bunch, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, Brain of Blood, Blood of Ghastly Horror and Black Heat.

  • Actor Bill Roy, who played Janicot the 'Warlock,' leader of the group behind the kidnapping and murder cult in Black Samurai, went on to appear in only one other film; Al Adamson's 1978 cult b-movie Nurse Sherri.