Five stars: Great
Four stars: Good
Three stars: Good with reservations
Two stars: Bad
One star: My eyes are bleeding
This actually is surprisingly entertaining, though in a para-cinema sort of way. And the opening credit sequence is top notch, envoking an Eastern James Bond vibe (helped by a score from Bond composer John Barry).
But that doesn’t make it any less of a cash grab. I mean… they use actual footage from Lee’s funeral…
And the decisions about when to use Bruce Lee footage and when not are… confounding. If you’re going to have a guy get plastic surgery halfway through your film, why not just have that explain the face change?
Suffers from many of the tropes of the silent era, including a somewhat muddied narrative structure and a lack of nuance that - at times - turns into downright hamminess.
But at the same time, one can’t help appreciate its boldness and influence. If Michaeux had existed when film language was more established, we may have had one of the greatest films ever made here.
Films that are "so-bad-they're-good" achieve the title by striking an (accidental) combination of technical ineptitude combined with blinding sincerity. But when a so-bad-it's-good film becomes self aware, it looses the "it's-good" part and you're left with a confusing, plodding, thoroughly unenjoyable mess of a movie.
Such is the case with Samurai Cop 2. When the makers of the original film set out to make a decent action flick, they failed miserably, but the film was golden. But here, when the directors set out to make a clunker, they failed miserably... period.
***EDITED AFTER SEEING THE FINAL EPISODE***
It’s unnerving to share a doubtful opinion like this over a dark subject. It's unnerving because if I am wrong in my doubt, I am essentially giving a child molester a pass, and am opening the wounds of an innocent victim (Dylan).
But still, after finishing this doc, I still have serious doubts. And more so, I think this doc shredded all credibility in its reporting.
Before I get into my doubts, let me…