Shadow of the Bottom Shelf: Ninja Flicks in the 1980s

The frequently ridiculous sub-genre of martial arts cinema involving black-clad mercenaries (although in some efforts, the ninja will wear white, red, yellow, blue, gold, or even pink!).

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1.
Enter the Ninja (1981)
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After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds... (99 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
 
3.
Shu shi shen chuan (1981)
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(92 mins.)
Director: Philip Kwok
 
4.
The Ninja (1982)
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5.
Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)
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Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty ennemy. (95 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
 
6.
Ninja Kids (1982)
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3 boys are told they are Japanese orphans and raised by I-Ho Ninja Society. They learn they are Chinese and the Society tries to kill them.
Director: Pao Ko
 
7.
Ninja, the Violent Sorceror (1982)
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A murderer, with the help of Chinese vampires, does battle with the ghost of a dead gambling lord's wife and the gambling lord's living brother. (90 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lambert
 
8.
The Ninja Wars (1982)
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A fortuneteller prophesizes that whoever marries the beautiful Ukio will become the ruler of the world... (100 mins.)
Director: Kôsei Saitô
 
9.
The Last Ninja (1983 TV Movie)
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A story of an art dealer who, leads a double life as a martial arts warrior.
 
10.
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
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After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life... (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
 
11.
Shaolin vs. Ninja (1983)
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In Japanese-occupied China, a group of ruthless ninjas schemes to take control of a Shaolin temple - and all of its riches - by any means necessary...
Director: Robert Tai
 
12.
Ninja in the Killing Fields (1984 Video)
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The ruthless leader of a Ninja Organization plans to expand his drug dealing operation worldwide and a highly trained agent from America's Anti-Drug Agency is given the suicidal mission of seeking out and destroying him first.
Director: York Lam
 
13.
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body. (92 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
 
14.
The Ninja Mission (1984)
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(93 mins.)
Director: Mats Helge
 
15.
Ninja Thunderbolt (1984)
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The Ninja Empire has been run by an evil master and one member decides to leave the empire. The ex-Ninja wants a Hong Kong detective to track down the new leader and end his reign of terror. (91 mins.)
 
16.
Ninja vs. Shaolin Guard (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A troop of monks from the Shaolin Temple embark on a mission to get the Golden Sutra to Tibet after...
Director: Mai Chen Jsai
 
17.
The Super Ninja (1984)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Wu Kuo-Jen
 
18.
American Ninja (1985)
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American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines. (95 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
 
19.
City Ninja (1985)
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A tournament fighter becomes involved in the search for a valuable pendant. (91 mins.)
 
20.
Mafia vs. Ninja (1985)
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Sewage workers Jack and Charlie get involved in an international Asian gang war when Jack helps the... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Tai
 
21.
Nine Deaths of the Ninja (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Two anti-terrorist agents are assigned to free a busload of American schoolchildren in the Philippines who are taken hostage by terrorists. (94 mins.)
Director: Emmett Alston
 
22.
Ninja Assassins (1985)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Tim Ashby
 
23.
Ninja Champion (1986)
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A couple camping in the woods is attacked by a trio of thugs and the wife is beaten and raped. A few months after the assault... (87 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
24.
Ninja Holocaust (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Director: Liu Li Shen
 
25.
Ninja Project Daredevils (1985)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lambert
 
26.
Ninja Terminator (1985)
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Three martial-arts students search for the Golden Ninja Warrior, a statue reputed to have magic powers. (88 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
27.
Ninja Warriors (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Document-stealing killer super ninjas are up to no good. A more robust and secure records management system could have discouraged such behavior. (90 mins.)
Director: John Lloyd
 
28.
USA Ninja (1985)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Dennis Wu
 
29.
Pray for Death (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges. (92 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
 
30.
Bionic Ninja (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Top agents of the KGB and CIA battle to posses a startling new scientific discovery. In the right hands...
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
31.
Clash of the Ninjas (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
32.
Golden Ninja Warrior (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
Two ninjas, Michael and Sherri are on two seperate missions but always team up to find the same Ninja attacking them... (85 mins.)
Director: Joseph Lai
 
33.
Ninja Destroyer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
34.
Ninja Dragon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Major figures in the ninja community are being slaughtered. 3 ninjas are trying to figure out what evil people want to bring an end to all ninjas, and also rescue the kidnapped daughter of one of their mentors. (85 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
35.
Ninja Fantasy (1986)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lambert
 
36.
Ninja: The Final Duel (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The Ji Ho Ninja clan vow to destroy the monks of a Shaolin temple. To do so they must first perfect their Water Spider Assault Unit... (90 mins.)
Director: Robert Tai
 
37.
Ninja Hunt (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
CIA Agent vs. ninjas in a battle for a chemical weapon.
Director: Joseph Lai
 
38.
The Ninja Squad (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
Set in Great Shanghai - two rival gangs, the Furious Fox and the Black Eagle are fighting to establish domination in the territory. Only one force can stop the never-ending killings... The Ninja Dragon!
 
39.
Project Ninja Daredevils (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Two brothers, Warren and David, try to defeat the evil forger who is making their lives a misery. (92 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
40.
Shadow Killers Tiger Force (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Innocent women are being kidnapped by a group of ninja and taken to a secret prison camp where they are forced to work as slave labour... (90 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
41.
Silver Dragon Ninja (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Don Kong
 
43.
The Ultimate Ninja (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A twenty year old feud between Ronald, a benevolant village leader and Roger, an evil tyrant, leaves... (84 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
44.
American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors. (90 mins.)
Director: Sam Firstenberg
 
45.
Deadly Life of a Ninja (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A man receives a Ninjitsu death threat and needs to enlist in the aid of someone trained in the art of the Ninja to catch the would be assassin. (88 mins.)
Director: Tso Nam Lee
 
46.
Death Code: Ninja (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
International intrigue surrounds this battle for possession of a secret war map that could mean the end of the world. (86 mins.)
Director: Tommy Cheung
 
47.
Hands of Death (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
48.
Never Kiss a Ninja (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, a Chinese woman trains in the covert arts. When she arrives in Hong Kong... (92 mins.)
Director: Tzuohan Lee
 
50.
Ninja: American Warrior (1987)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Tommy Cheung
 
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52.
Ninja Commandments (1987)
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Director: Joseph Lai
 
53.
Ninja Death Squad (1987)
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An organized gang specializing in high ranking military assassinations bewilders the police. However, their headquarters are located and a special agent is sent to terminate all members of the gang.
Director: Tommy Cheung
 
54.
Ninja in Action (1987)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Tommy Cheung
 
55.
Ninja Kill (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Joseph Lai
 
57.
Ninja Phantom Heroes (1987)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lambert
 
58.
The Ninja Showdown (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A ruthless gang of Ninja marauders, a kidnapped maiden and a young man seeking vengeance set the stage... (92 mins.)
Director: Joseph Lai
 
59.
Ninja: Silent Assassin (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
When police officer Alvin loses both his star witness and his wife to drug kingpin (and ninja assassin) Rudolph...
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
60.
Ninja vs. Ninja (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
Director: Lik Cheung
 
61.
Ninjas, Condors 13 (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: James Wu
 
62.
Thundering Ninja (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
A Ninja Organisation and the C.I.A are fighting each other for the plans for a missile. (90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kong
 
63.
White Phantom (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: Dusty Nelson
 
64.
Wu Tang vs. Ninja (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Kuo-Ren Wu
 
65.
Ninja of the Magnificence (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Charles Lee
 
66.
Diamond Ninja Force (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
We begin with Shô Kosugi demonstrating the use of a katana, saying nothing about the film he is introducing... (92 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
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68.
Ninja Demon's Massacre (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Tommy Cheung
 
69.
Ninja Extreme Weapons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
(78 mins.)
Director: Victor Sears
 
70.
Ninja Knight Brothers of Blood (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Raymond Woo
 
71.
Ninja Powerforce (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In a struggle for supremacy, two childhood buddies are caught on opposite sides of a deadly gang war... (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Lai
 
72.
Ninja Strike Force (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Gordon the ninja learns from his master that the ancient sword he carries has a great power locked within it...
Director: Joseph Lai
 
73.
The Power of Ninjitsu (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Joseph Lai
 
74.
Rage of Ninja (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
75.
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra"... (89 mins.)
 
76.
Challenge of the Ninja (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho
 
77.
Full Metal Ninja (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Director: Charles Lee
 
78.
Zombie vs. Ninja (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  
Ethan, a young man, is beaten while his father is killed by a group of thieves. With the help of an undertaker... (88 mins.)
Director: Charles Lee
 
79.
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  
The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas. (99 mins.)
 
80.
Ninja Empire (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
US federal agents call on a group of Ninjas to help them solve the dreadful murders of a bunch of young prostitutes. (78 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Ho