The Warrior and the Sorceress

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The Warrior and the Sorceress
Warrior and the sorceressposter.jpg
Theatrical release film poster
Directed by John C. Broderick
Produced by John C. Broderick
Frank K. Isaac
Héctor Olivera
Alejandro Sessa
Roger Corman (executive producer – uncredited)
Screenplay by John C. Broderick (screenplay/story)
William Stout (story)
Based on Yojimbo 
by Akira Kurosawa
Starring David Carradine
María Socas
Anthony De Longis
Harry Townes
Music by Louis Saunders
Cinematography Leonardo Rodríguez Solís
Edited by Silvia Ripoll
Production
  company
Aries Cinematográfica Argentina
New Horizon Picture Corp
Distributed by New Horizons
Release date(s)
  • September 7, 1984 (1984-09-07)
(USA)
Running time 81 min.
Country Argentina
United States
Language English
Budget $600,000 - $4,000,000[1] (Estimated)
Box office $2,886,225 (USA)[2][3]

The Warrior and the Sorceress is a 1984 Argentine-American fantasy action film directed by John C. Broderick and starring David Carradine, María Socas, and Luke Askew. It was written by Broderick (story and screenplay) and William Stout (story).

The Warrior and the Sorceress is a version of the classic Kurosawa film Yojimbo.[4] The film is noted chiefly for containing extensive nudity and violence, being one of the more extreme examples of the sword-and-sorcery genre.[5] It is also considered by some to be a cult classic.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

On a distant galaxy lies the desert planet of Ura, which has two suns. There, two rival warlords, Zeg and Bal Caz, constantly fight against each other in a battle over the village's only wellspring. The mercenary warrior Kain emerges and announces that his skills are for hire to the highest bidder. Naja, a beautiful sorceress that has been taken captive by Zeg changes Kain's purpose to take the well for himself, instead choosing to save Naja and the village people. Kain starts entangling the situation, and by taking advantage of the ongoing feud, he seeks to debilitate the rival warlords and defeat them.

Cast[edit]

  • David Carradine ... Kain the Warrior
  • María Socas ... Naja the Sorceress
  • Luke Askew ... Zeg the Tyrant
  • Anthony De Longis ... Kief, Zeg's Captain (as Anthony DeLongis)
  • Harry Townes ... Bludge the Prelate
  • Guillermo Marín ... Bal Caz (as William Marin)
  • Armando Capo ... Burgo the Slaver (as Arthur Clark)
  • Daniel March ... Blather, Bal Caz's Fool
  • John Overby ... Gabble, Bal Caz's Fool
  • Richard Paley ... Scar-face
  • Marcos Woinski ... Burgo's Captain (as Mark Welles)[7]
  • Daniel March ... Blather, Bal Caz's Fool
  • John Overby ... Gabble, Bal Caz's Fool
  • Richard Paley ... Scar-face
  • Cecilia Narova ... Exotic Dancer (as Cecilia North)
  • Dylan Willias ... Zeg's Guard
  • José Casanova ... Zeg's Guard (as Joe Cass)
  • Miguel Zavaleta ... Zeg's Guard (as Michael Zane)
  • Herman Cass ... Zeg's Guard
  • Arturo Noal ... Zeg's Guard (as Arthur Neal)
  • Hernán Gené ... Zeg's Guard (as Herman Gere)
  • Gus Parker ... Zeg's Guard
  • Ned Ivers ... Slave
  • Liliana Cameroni ... Zeg's Drowned Slave (as Lillian Cameron)
  • Eva Adanaylo ... Woman at Well (as Eve Adams)
  • Noëlle Balfour ... (uncredited)

Production[edit]

The Warrior and the Sorceress was the second in a series of nine movies that Roger Corman produced in Argentina during the 1980s; the first one being Deathstalker.[8] The exterior shots were made in Ischigualasto Provincial Park in San Juan, also known as Valle de la Luna ("Valley of the Moon", due to its otherworldly appearance). Most of the film was shot inside Estudios Baires Film S.A. and Campo de Mayo, in Buenos Aires Province.[9]

Before production started and during a discussion with his girlfriend, David Carradine punched a wall and fractured his right hand. To conceal the plaster for the hand, Carradine used a pointed black glove on his right arm during all the shooting.[9]

Similarities with Yojimbo[edit]

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.[10][11]

The story however appears to be apocryphal, as Kurosawa and Toho Studios did in fact successfully sued Sergio Leone.[12][13]

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