That's why I'm pleased to announce that the folks at Kino Lorber are prepping 1984's Ghost Warrior for release. According to their publicity information that I'm looking at this morning, it looks like this title will street on January 17, 2023. Interested folks might wanna head on over to Amazon.com or even the Kino Lorber website to put in an advance order if you're so inclined.
Honestly, it's a title I don't believe I've ever seen (the memories are a bit murky on this one), but I know that I've come across it several times in research I've done for the site. IMDB.com reports that this one was directed by J. Larry Carroll (Beauty And The Beast, Thundercats, and Stargate) from a script by Tim Curnen (1982's Forbidden World). It stars Hiroshi Fujioka (of Kamen Rider fame), John Calvin (TV's Alien Nation, Critters 3), and Janet Julian (Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider).
As per my usual policy, I'll be copying and pasting the publicity materials below.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!
Prebook Date: 12/20/2022
Street Date: 1/17/2023
Director: J. Larry Carroll
Cast: Hiroshi Fujioka, Janet Julian, John Calvin, Charles Lampkin, Bill Morey, Frank Schuller
In the time-warp tradition of Iceman comes Ghost Warrior, an inventive fantasy-adventure from cult-movie king Charles Band (Parasite). Suddenly awake after 400 years of frozen sleep, a valiant samurai warrior struggles to survive the harsh challenges of modern-day Los Angeles. This action-packed tale is the thrilling saga of Yoshi (Hiroshi Fujioka, High Seas Hijack, In the Line of Duty III), a master of Japan’s 16th-century fighting arts who is accidentally frozen in time and miraculously revived in the 1980s. On the run from the institute that ended his sleep of centuries, Yoshi must pit his ancient skills and power against the forces of a violent and confusing world. He has vanquished enemies from a distant time—but can he prevail on the streets of the future? Also known as Swordkill, Ghost Warrior co-stars the wonderful Janet Julian (King of New York).
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Optional English Subtitles
ABOUT KINO LORBER:
With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Milestone Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1300 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched pioneering "virtual cinema" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allow audiences to support almost 500 local independent theaters. Kino Lorber was honored with a Special Award from the New York Film Critics Circle for this effort. In 2021, the company launched Kino Cult, an AVOD channel specializing in new and rare, acclaimed genre films.