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Nine Deaths of the Ninja (1985)

 -  Action | Drama  -  April 1985 (USA)
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Two anti-terrorist agents are assigned to free a busload of American schoolchildren in the Philippines who are taken hostage by terrorists.

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Jennifer Barnes (as Emilia Lesniak)
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Alby the Cruel
Regina Richardson ...
Honey Hump
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Rankin
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Shane Kosugi ...
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Bruce Fanger ...
Dr. Wolf
Sonny Erang ...
Rahji
Aiko Cownden ...
Marisa Lee
Jennifer Crumrine ...
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Helen McNeely ...
Mrs. Garcia
Protacio Dee ...
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A group of drug runners/freedom fighters has kidnapped a busload of tourists in the Philippines and is threatening to kill them all if one of their partners is not released from prison and the government doesn't halt its anti-drug policies. To stop the criminals, a trio of specialist soldiers are called in. Even with all their training, will they be able to stop the terrorists when they begin killing hostages and turning loose their squads of attack midgets? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Ninja Master... is now The Ninja Avenger

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9 Yawns of The Audience
3 May 2011 | by (Wavy Wheat, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

You know, I can sort of see where the director and producer were trying to go with this one.

There are some elements here that are obviously supposed to be funny, or at least camp: the "Cherman" pervert/Nazi in the wheelchair, the attack midgets, the alarming hairdoes on the two female leads, the Amazon squad, etc.And there are some other elements that were obviously supposed to be sexy and glamorous - the opening credit sequence apes James Bond, Sho Kosugi spends a lot of time with his shirt off, various and bad guys are always on the verge of molesting their female hostages. And some action sequences were obviously meant to pull in the ninja/covert ops fans.

So it looks as if these guys were trying to promote Sho Kosugi from the ninja film ghetto to a more mainstream audience by imitating a Jackie Chan film from the "Armor Of God"/"Protector" era. But they didn't have the chops or the cast or the writing to pull it off. The results are, well, pretty crappy.

9DOTN is stupid where it tries to be witty or camp, and the action sequences are strictly going-through-the-motions. By trading the old rough-cut, cheesy Golan-Globus approach for something slicker and duller, and with even worse acting, the movie manages to throw away whatever reason there was to watch Sho in the first place.

I found my copy of "9 Deaths" in a Crown Pictures compilation with 12 flicks for 5 bucks, so I'm not complaining - much. Watch only if you are the hardest-of-hard-core fan of stupid movies.


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