THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS

A 1984 Roger Corman-produced fantasy film that’s a remake of Yojimbo starring David Carradine, you say? Yes, indeed. And it’a terrible. However there some interesting things about it: Luke Askew, as one of the bad guys, plays it like a heavy in a cop movie with probably one of the most American accents ever in a motion picture. Maria Socas, as the Sorceress (no actual sorcery included, strangely), appears in 99% of the film bare-breasted. And noted illustrator and production designer William Stout evidently gets a story credit.

I’ll leave you with this bit of fun from Wikipedia:

According to David Carradine’s book Spirit of Shaolin, it was clear before production started that the film was going to be a version of Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 Samurai film Yojimbo, and Carradine talked about it with executive producer Roger Corman:

“ It (The Warrior and the Sorceress) was essentially a remake of Yojimbo, the samurai movie by the great Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. I called up Roger and told him I loved the script; but what about the Yojimbo factor. Roger said, “Yes, it is rather like Yojimbo.”
I said, “It’s not like Yojimbo. It is Yojimbo.” Roger said, “Let me tell you a story. When Fistful of Dollars opened in Tokyo, Kurosawa’s friends called him up and said ‘You must see this picture.’ Kurosawa said, ‘Yes, I understand it is rather like Yojimbo.’

-‘No, it’s not like Yojimbo; it is Yojimbo. You have to sue these people.’

-‘I can’t sue them’, he responded.

-‘Why not?’

-‘Because’ -Kurosawa confessed-, ‘Yojimbo is Dashiel Hammet’s Red Harvest.'” I went for it.


The story however appears to be apocryphal, as Kurosawa and Toho Studios did in fact successfully sue Sergio Leone.

  • REVIEW BY MICHAEL CANICH

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