Outlaw Johnny Black Review: Black Kungfu Western

Outlaw Johnny Black is a wanted man, and to evade capture, he assumes the persona of a preacher in a small town. Nevertheless, his past eventually catches up with him, and he administers justice in the only way he knows how.


Outlaw Johnny Black, portrayed by Michael Jai White, is the kung fu gunslinging cowboy on a quest for vengeance to avenge his father’s wrongful death. The story is a classic Western theme, a familiar narrative where an outlaw arrives in a new town only to discover that one of the influential figures in power is, in fact, a criminal aiming to monopolize all available resources. Even the blending of Western and Asian kung fu influences has been explored before. This production, lead by Michael Jai White, pays homage to the blaxploitation films of the past, a gesture that’s commendable.

The film carries a PG-13 rating and is an enjoyable family-oriented movie. However, compared to Michael Jai White’s previous work, like ‘Black Dynamite,’ which even spawned an animated spin-off on Adult Swim, ‘Outlaw Johnny Black’ comes across as less comedic and somewhat milder, in my opinion. The excessive use of the N-word is absent, but raunchy humor is also in short supply. Nonetheless, the fight scenes and action sequences are still a source of entertainment. I eagerly anticipate his future projects.

Outlaw Johnny Black Rating 6.5 out of 10