American Rickshaw (1989) (Limited Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

American Rickshaw (1989) (Limited Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

American Rickshaw (1989) (Limited Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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American Rickshaw (1989) (Limited Edition) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
Director: Sergio Martino
Starring: Mitchell Gaylord, Daniel Greene, Donald Pleasance

After a stripper tricks him into filming a sex tape, Scott Edwards (Olympic Gold Medalist Mitch Gaylord), a Miami rickshaw runner, becomes embroiled in the murder of an evangelist’s son when he inadvertently takes the wrong video tape. With the help of the stripper and an Asian witch, Edwards sets out to clear his name while avoiding the assassin dead set on retrieving the video tape.

Cauldron Films’ first release on their label is a movie called American Rickshaw and if you are a fan of stuff Vinegar Syndrome release then you’ll love this extremely odd and random flick. I’ll be honest, I had no clue what a Rickshaw was until I saw this movie. It’s basically a carriage that people often run with people on in places like Chinatown. Anyway, a guy takes his buddies place doing this one night, gives a girl a ride, and she tries to set him up with having him have sex with her on tape. He finds this out and tries to destroy the tape, which leads to him destroying the wrong tape and leads to trouble. That’s the easiest way to describe this one. But let me assure you this one is super weird and complex. It doesn’t always make the most sense either, but that odd and random ways of this one are what makes it what it ends up being, for better or for worse. I still had fun with it and I think you will as well overall.

Now, this isn’t something you want to rush into for the acting, because this one doesn’t really pack a lot of good performances despite having Donald Pleasence here. You can really tell that people who probably don’t have the best grip on the English language wrote this, as it was an Italian attempt at Shaw Brothers style movie. I just have to wonder why the American actors didn’t try to at least adjust some of the awkward lines that come from it. None the less, this is a movie that will entertain you and packs some nice extras like a podcast about the movie. It looks good in general, not to mention the good looking package in general with the awesome slipcase. This is a movie line you’ll want to keep an eye one and this release delivers. It’s a strange movie, but it still all delivers despite the weird ways of the movie.


  • 2K restoration from the original camera negative
  • On camera interviews with director Sergio Martino and production designer Massimo Antonello Geleng
  • Then and now location footage
  • The Projection Booth Podcast discuss AMERICAN RICKSHAW
  • Commentary with Samm Deighan & Kat Ellinger
  • Image Gallery
  • Booklet with writing by grindhouse comics writer and Tough to Kill co-author, David Zuzelo
  • Reversible cover featuring Italian artwork
  • Limited Edition high quality slipcase with new artwork by Mattias Frisk
  • Limited to 1500 copies

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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