The Suburban Samurai and the Adventures of Jeff
Summer 1996 and Spring 1997; 34 minutes; cast and
crew of 4; approximate cost of $0; rated PG.
This is a combination of two originally separate movies,
so it makes sense to talk about the two parts of the movie
Legend of the Samurai
The Suburban Samurai is a dubbed (on-site) parody
of foreign fighting movies, owing much inspiration to the
works of Jackie Chan. The plot: thugs are rampant (one thug
beats a man named "Anonymous" to death with a tennis
racket) and it is up to the Suburban Samurai to stop them.
His battle will lead him to dangerous places and he will have
to fight powerful opponents, but he is successful. That is...
until he meets Jeff.
Story of the Idiot
The Adventures of Jeff is a completely improvised
work revolving around the life of a complete loser. Little
can be said about this pathetic individual other than that
he fights "brown sea monsters" in the toilet, plays
with action figures, and stalks around his house searching
for the Holy Grail. He has no life to speak of. Well... until
he meets the Suburban Samurai.
|When the two plots converge, the Suburban Samurai teaches
Jeff the ways of the Samurai. Jeff shows some progress but,
his physical agility far worse than that of a three-year-old
child, he accidentally strikes his master with a pole and kills
him. Thus Jeff becomes the new Samurai, and it will be up to
Jeff (though he may not be capable) to bring the heavy hand
of justice down on the ruthless thugs.
- the Suburban Samurai, played by Clark Kirkman
- Jeff, played by Aaron Hemphill
- Anonymous, played by David Benjamin
- Thug, played by Aaron Hemphill
- Punk, played by David Benjamin
- Crime Lord, played by Jeff Parker
- Referee, played by Aaron Hemphill
The Suburban Samurai is influenced largely
by Jackie Chan's older dubbed movies as well as such slapstick
sources as the classic series Police Squad! There are
also little scenes from The Fugitive and National
Lampoon's Vacation worked into the movie. As for The
Adventures of Jeff, there are the obvious Holy Grail movie
influences, and there might be a little Mr. Bean in
the character Jeff.
The Suburban Samurai was dubbed on-site; for example,
when Clark was on camera, I provided his voice from behind
the camera. It was "written" on the spot, as was
The Adventures of Jeff.
- Not counting Huck Finn, in which voices were provided
for puppets, this is the first "dubbed" Tokugawa
movie. I would like to do a full-length movie with true
post-production dubbing at some point.
- First time we've blown actor Clark Kirkman's hair with
a fan (this was later done for Fuzzywhumple Resurrection,
in the scene where he is transported to Fuzzywhumple Land).
- First time the lead character dies... oh, nevermind, I
guess we have done that before!
I don't think we learned anything from this.