THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS
The Warrior and the Sorceress is one example of the conceptual confusion that these two relatively new genres were creating. Some of the films good examples being Krull (1983) and Gor (1987) ended up trying to exist with feet in two different genres they were planetary adventures but also fantasy films where dragons and the like existed alongside rayguns. This is even more evident in The Warrior and the Sorceress the shooting title was Kain of the Dark Planet, which marks it as science-fiction, only for the title it finally emerged with, The Warrior and the Sorceress, to sell it as a fantasy film. The location looks like a standard fantasy kingdom but has two moons in the sky, which suggests another planet, and yet we also have elements like a sorceress (although admittedly the film is fairly low-key on other fantastical magical elements).
The film is a blatant copy of Akira Kuroswas Yojimbo (1961), which concerns a lone ronin during the shogun era who arrives in a small town and finds it riven between two rival criminal factions where he sells his skills as a swordsman to either side only to play them off against each other. The basic set-up of Yojimbo has been borrowed by a number of other films, including the Sergio Leone Western A Fistful of Dollars (1964), translated into the Prohibition era in Walter Hills Last Man Standing (1996) and the post-holocaust era in Albert Pyuns cheap Omega Doom (1996).
The Warrior and the Sorceress works as an okay sword-and-sorcery entry of this period. John Broderick gives the world more texture and credibility than most of the aforementioned cheap Italian copies. The film is economically contained to fairly much a single outdoor set of the town square and a limited number of indoor sets. There is one mildly imaginative scene where we get an erotic striptease from a six-breasted dancer. David Carradine does the mystical warrior role he was cast as in numerous B movies throughout the 1980s and 90s following his role as the shaolin warrior in the hit tv series Kung Fu (1972-5). The story works okay but the various betrayals of the two sides and games that Carradine plays never works with any particularly captivating originality after he is constantly rubbing their face in it, you keep wondering why either warlord goes back and trusts him one more time.
Director John Broderick had earlier made the moonshine film Bad Georgia Road (1977) and would make one other film as director and produce several others, including Howling VI: The Freaks (1991) and Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991). The Warrior and the Sorceress was a production from Roger Cormans New Horizons and was one of several sword-and-sorcery films that he made that were shot in Argentina, including also Deathstalker (1983), Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (1984) and Barbarian Queen (1985), all produced and sometimes directed by Hector Olivera.