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Samurai Cop was an early 90s action film about an LAPD cop's struggle to bring down a renegade Japanese gang. The movie was was filmed on a shoestring budget, with actors wearing their own clothes and driving their own cars. Most of the film was shot without sound and done in single takes, with much of dialog overdubbed in post production.
Despite these issues, the film has a unique charm, and a moderate cult following. There is an official sequel in the works, with a hopeful 2016 release.
Refactoring is a computer programming term. It's defined as a controlled technique for improving the design of an existing code base. This usually consists of several small changes that still preserve the behavior of the program, but cumulatively effect the end result in a drastic and significant way.
I love Samurai Cop, but there are several problems (other than the budget) that make this film hard to watch. Not because it's a bad movie, but because while watching, I want to reach into the screen and make it better.
My intention was to fix as many of these smaller problems as possible, and produce a Refactored Edition that keeps the same charm of the original, but also improves on it's logic and technique.
This includes transitions between many scenes that last too long, fight scenes and chase scenes having illogical or physically impossible action, and flubs the actors made to their lines.
General manipulation of footage from different scenes to construct an alternate version or more polished sequence of events.
This is the entire list of all the cuts and edits that were made. These are broken down sequence by sequence and can act as sort of a "users guide" to follow the Refactored Edition.
Please support the wonderful cast and crew of the original Samurai Cop. Without them, there wouldn't have been a hidden gem for me to discover and refactor in the first place.
If nothing else, please rent a digital copy on Amazon or iTunes. It's extremely cheap, and viewing the original not only supports the cast, but will undoubtedly enhance your enjoyment of this Refactored Edition.