An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter.






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John Peter Macallister was a Korean veteran who, after serving, decided to live in Japan, and, while there, he studied Ninjitsu and became a Ninja. Thirty years later, he learned that he has a daughter, so left to find her. Apparently, though, he can't leave the sect that he is with, because it means that he is now marked for death. He manages to escape, and, upon arriving in the States, he meets Max Keller, a drifter who has a penchant for getting involved with other people's problems and helping them out if he can. Max and Macallister hook up, with Max helping Macallister find his daughter, and Macallister teaching him the ways of the ninja. At the same time, evading Okasa, one of Macallister's students, who is now sworn to kill him. Written by <>

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The Master Is Here! He's the supreme warrior. Even his eyes can kill you. His student is the supreme heartthrob. His eyes can melt you





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20 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Master Ninja  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Okasa throws a shuriken to the Master, a guard is clearly standing behind him with a gun pointed at him. After the shot of Okasa ducking away, we cut back to the Master but the guard is no longer there. See more »


Truck Driver: I thought you died on me. You haven't moved for an hour.
John Peter McAllister: A warrior in 16th-century Japan sat under an icy waterfall... with his arms above his head like this,
[raises his arms above his head]
John Peter McAllister: without moving, for 86 hours.
Truck Driver: Why'd he do that?
John Peter McAllister: I can't imagine.
Truck Driver: Yeah, well I say you didn't move at all.
John Peter McAllister: Slow heartbeat. Close the door on the senses... and listen to the silence.
Truck Driver: You must be a lot of laughs at a party.
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Lovably lame
8 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Lee van Cleef and Timothy van Patten make lovably lame main characters in this silly "movie" spliced together from two episodes of a 1980's TV series. David MacCallum shows up as an extremely unthreatening international terrorist/kidnapper, and George Lazenby is a cut-price secret agent whose tuxedo seems to be surgically attached to his skin. We're expected to believe that elderly Lee is capable of executing acrobatic somersaults and climbing sheer walls. Tim registers mild annoyance when his mentor and best friend Lee appears to have been buried in a shallow grave.

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