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Enter the Ninja (1981)

 -  Action | Drama  -  2 October 1981 (USA)
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After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also ... See full summary »

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Venarius
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Subas Herrero ...
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Alan Amiel ...
Maroon Ninja
Douglas Ivan ...
Maroon Ninja (as Doug Ivan)
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After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also fight his rival. Written by Michael Pilkington <mjpilkington@hotmail.com>

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Warriors of a lost martial art! Hired assassins ...human killing machines! See more »

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This film is widely attributed to being the movie that popularized Ninjutsu during the 1980s as several ninja movies were made after it. Prior to the film, judo films had been popular in the 1950s; karate movies in the 1960s and kung-fu pictures in the 1970s. See more »

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Over the course of three different scenes, Mary Anne's gag starts off covering her mouth completely, then later is pulled between her teeth, and finally ends up spreading her lips apart but covering her teeth. See more »

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Charles Venarius: I want a ninja. Find me a ninja. I want Lander's land!
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A Must See for Ninja Fans
8 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As far as Ninja movies go, this is THE Ninja movie. All of the classic elements are here: smoke bombs, climbing claws, shurikens, villainy... you name it, it's in there.

The movie opens with an excellent trial, where Cole must defeat legions of opposing ninjas (fellow students), then make it back to base and calmly recite the Nine Levels of Power in front of Master Komori. To this day I have a .wav file of the Nine Levels of Power... it is a cool scene.

MINOR SPOILER FOLLOWS

The bulk of the movie is setting up the rivalry between Hasegawa and Cole. Hasegawa, being the evil, black-clad Ninja that he is, causes as much mayhem as possible culminating in the killing of Cole's buddy Frank. Cole, being the good white-clad Ninja, must now (of course) avenge his buddy's death and face Hasegawa one-on-one.

I won't tell you the outcome of the final battle, but I will say that it is a classic Ninja battle. You won't be disappointed.

Sure it is a silly movie, but you aren't watching it for its screenplay, are you? You may never want to see it more than once, but Enter the Ninja is definitely worth seeing.

"Surrender or Die!"


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