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Release Date:
20 January 1984 (USA) See more »
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
An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 7)

Lee Van Cleef ... John Peter McAllister / ... (13 episodes, 1984)

Timothy Van Patten ... Max Keller (8 episodes, 1984)

Series Directed by
Sidney Hayers (3 episodes, 1984)
Gordon Hessler (3 episodes, 1984)
Ray Austin (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Writing credits
Michael Sloan (11 episodes, 1984)
Susan Woollen (7 episodes, 1984)
Tom Sawyer (3 episodes, 1984)

Series Produced by
Michael Sloan .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1984)
Joe Boston .... producer (11 episodes, 1984)
Martin M. Goldstein .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1984)
Larry Whelan .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1984)
Judith Pritchard .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1984)
Nigel Watts .... producer (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Original Music by
Les Hooper (13 episodes, 1984)
Bill Conti (6 episodes, 1984)
Series Cinematography by
Robert F. Sparks (9 episodes, 1984)
Frank Beascoechea (3 episodes, 1984)
Series Film Editing by
Edwin F. England (6 episodes, 1984)
Beryl Gelfond (3 episodes, 1984)
Buford F. Hayes (3 episodes, 1984)
Artie Mandelberg (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Casting by
Vicki Rosenberg (4 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Direction by
William McAllister (8 episodes, 1984)
Joseph M. Altadonna (5 episodes, 1984)
Series Set Decoration by
Richard Friedman (7 episodes, 1984)
Marc E. Meyer Jr. (6 episodes, 1984)
Series Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist (11 episodes, 1984)
Webster C. Phillips .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1984)
Series Production Management
Donald L. Gold .... production manager (11 episodes, 1984)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chip Chalmers .... assistant director / second assistant director (13 episodes, 1984)
Dirk Petersmann .... first assistant director / assistant director (5 episodes, 1984)
G. Warren Smith .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1984)
Cathy Kinsock .... first assistant director / second assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Jerome M. Siegel .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Department
Jim Ellis .... property master (4 episodes, 1984)
Roger Pancake .... property master (4 episodes, 1984)
Bill Hudson .... property master (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Sound Department
Tom Ruff .... a.d.r. mixer (13 episodes, 1984)
Denise Whiting .... adr editor (13 episodes, 1984)
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer / production sound mixer / ... (11 episodes, 1984)
Charles McCann .... supervising sound editor (3 episodes, 1984)
Gordon Webb .... cable person (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Special Effects by
Jack Monroe .... special effects (8 episodes, 1984)
Phil Cory .... special effects (5 episodes, 1984)
Series Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef / stunts (13 episodes, 1984)
Shô Kosugi .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 1984)
Phil Adams .... stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1984)
Gary Davis .... stunt coordinator (5 episodes, 1984)
Ed Anders .... stunt double: Lee Van Cleef (2 episodes, 1984)
Pat Romano .... stunts (2 episodes, 1984)
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (2 episodes, 1984)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (1 episode, 1984)
Dick Durock .... utility stunts (1 episode, 1984)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (1 episode, 1984)

Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (13 episodes, 1984)
Series Casting Department
Joseph D'Agosta .... casting (6 episodes, 1984)
Monica Swann .... casting (6 episodes, 1984)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor (11 episodes, 1984)
Karen Kaufman .... costumer: ladies / costumes: ladies (6 episodes, 1984)
Lynette Bernay .... costumer: ladies / costumes: ladies (5 episodes, 1984)
Series Editorial Department
Larry Lorden .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1984)
Neil Mandelberg .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Music Department
Bill Conti .... composer: theme music (13 episodes, 1984)

James D. Young .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator (5 episodes, 1984)
Hank Nesel .... transportation coordinator (4 episodes, 1984)
Ron White .... transportation coordinator (3 episodes, 1984)
Series Other crew
Shô Kosugi .... ninja coordinator / technical advisor / ... (13 episodes, 1984)
Tom Sawyer .... executive story consultant (13 episodes, 1984)
Tami Smight .... assistant to executive producer / assistant to producer (13 episodes, 1984)
Gene Kraft .... title designer (12 episodes, 1984)
Terry Morse Jr. .... production executive (12 episodes, 1984)
Beverly Setlowe .... assistant to producer / production coordinator (12 episodes, 1984)
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... location manager (9 episodes, 1984)
Esther Beardslee .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 1984)
Tamra Fitzgerald .... post-production coordinator / production secretary (7 episodes, 1984)
Sally Roddy .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1984)
Michael J. Burmeister .... location manager (2 episodes, 1984)
June Christopher .... dubbed voice (2 episodes, 1984)
Edward Mannix .... dubbed voice (2 episodes, 1984)
Johnine Novosel .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1984)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Master Ninja" - USA (video title)
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60 min | 60 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Revealing mistakes: The roof of the bar begins to collapse before the Master kicks it.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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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
As a kid, I have to admit I like the series., 4 June 2006
Author: billy_w71 from United States

I am groaning as I write this but during the early '80s with all the ninja craze as as a kid who practiced and loved karate, I loved this show. I never knew who Lee Van Cleef was prior to this TV show but my father did. He remember Lee in all the spaghetti westerns and would laugh that the villain of the cowboys was a good guy ninja now.

You have to wince at some of the shows you liked as a kid but, you know, thats what makes the memories of your childhood so amusing if your lucky.

Now, I am older and a father, and I appreciate actors like Lee more than the pinheads in Hollywood making $20 million + a picture. Actors like Lee kept us entertained and made guys like Clint Eastwood ("For a Few Dollars More") and Kurt Russell ("Escape From New York") look so good.

When he died in '89 it gave me pause. He deserves to be remembered and I won't forget this weird funny show he did that kept me glued to the screen with all it's oddball fantasy.

The 13-year old boy in me gives this a 9 star rating and a 10 star rating for the beady-eyed, hawk-nosed actor who played the lead.

Rest-in-Peace, Lee, you are remembered.

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