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April 1985 (USA) See more »
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The Ninja Master... is now The Ninja Avenger
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Hysterical movie for all the wrong reasons See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Shô Kosugi ... Spike Shinobi

Brent Huff ... Steve Gordon
Emilia Crow ... Jennifer Barnes (as Emilia Lesniak)
Blackie Dammett ... Alby the Cruel
Regina Richardson ... Honey Hump
Vijay Amritraj ... Rankin
Lisa Friedman ... Tour Guide

Kane Kosugi ... Kane
Shane Kosugi ... Shane
Bruce Fanger ... Dr. Wolf
Sonny Erang ... Rahji
Aiko Cownden ... Marisa Lee
Jennifer Crumrine ... Amanda
Helen McNeely ... Mrs. Garcia
Protacio Dee ... Feng Fu
Judy Wilson ... Woo Pee / Woo Wee (as Judy Blye)
Joji Nagai ... Dr. Yamada
Ken Watanabe ... Sensei
Vic Ordonez ... Major Quirino (as Victor Ordoñez)
Lea Navarro ... Museum Assassin
Ric Segreto ... PC Trooper
Ron Milhench ... Perkins
Jacques Gervais ... Congressman Morrison
Warren MacLean ... Slanker
Susan Meyer ... Bus Passenger
Sam Lombardo ... Bus Passenger
Nancy Keaton ... Bus Passenger
James Crumrine ... Bus Passenger
Emebet Aigaz ... Bus Passenger
Des Ayallew ... Bus Passenger
Cynthia Villa-Abrille ... Rankin's Date
Henry Strzalkowski ... Bus Driver
Ann Milhench ... Hump's Drone
Chantal Manz ... Hump's Drone
Marina Miatke ... Hump's Drone
Allen Beatson ... Edward Branham
Mike Alejandrino ... Goon Guard
Timoteo Bismark ... Observer (as Tim Bismark)
Kess Burias ... Monique
Carissa Carlos ... Lita
Imelda Dominguez ... Female Ninja
Gina Valenciano ... 'Hotlegs' Dancer
Mabeth Webb ... 'Hotlegs' Dancer
Lani Fernando ... 'Hotlegs' Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Brass ... Tex

John Ladalski ... Goverment agent
Louie Senn ... CIA Agent

Directed by
Emmett Alston 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Emmett Alston 

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... producer
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Shelley E. Reid .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Cecile Colayco 
 
Cinematography by
Roy H. Wagner 
 
Casting by
Maria Metcalfe 
 
Production Design by
Rodell Cruz 
 
Makeup Department
Zeny Marcelo .... makeup artist
Yoly Unabia .... makeup artist (as Yolanda Unabia)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Amazan .... first assistant director
Timoteo Bismark .... second assistant director (as Tim Bismark)
 
Art Department
Francisco Balangue .... construction supervisor
Benjamin Delina .... head prop man (as Ben Deliña)
Angelito Felipe .... painter
Danny Melendez .... set dresser
Anselmo Mendoza .... set dresser
Melchor Pacheco .... props assistant
Carmelo Sta. Maria .... props assistant
Nelson Valeza .... construction assistant
Catalina Villaluna .... assistant to production designer
 
Sound Department
John Kovarek .... sound mixer
Leonardo Sta. Maria .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Cesar Dominguez .... special effects assistant
Danilo Dominguez .... head special effects
Roland Salem .... special effects assistant (as Rolando Salem)
 
Stunts
Alan Amiel .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Melchor Abaya .... generator operator
Felipe Badilla .... generator operator
Eduardo Badiola .... electrician
Mariano Bautista .... electrician
Eddie Buenaflor .... camera operator
Johnny Cecogo .... gaffer
Nelson Cecogo .... grip
Victor Cecogo .... dolly grip
Roger De La Roma .... assistant camera
Jose Gleabo .... electrician
Gene Jackson .... camera operator
Jaime Manguni .... assistant camera
Nilo Odiaman .... still photographer
Domenguito Saguion .... generator operator
Eduardo Sta. Maria .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cesar Cervantes .... wardrobe assistant
Roberto Lechuga .... wardrobe assistant
Nancy Mendoza .... wardrobe assistant
Salvador Santos .... wardrobe assistant
Teena Villaluna .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Bernard Bismark .... apprentice editor
Timoteo Bismark .... assistant editor (as Tim Bismark)
 
Transportation Department
Eulalio Esteban .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Benito Badiola .... motorman
Brian Brocking .... special gymnast
Kess Burias .... production assistant
Elizalde Cordero .... mechanic
Lourdes Dino .... field nurse
Jun Ella .... production assistant
Rafael Gaba .... bookkeeper
Susan Katz .... assistant to producer
Olivia M. Lamasan .... production assistant (as Olive Lamasan)
Gaia Lopez .... production assistant
Marie Miñoza .... assistant to producer
Marie Miñoza .... executive secretary
Douglas Nierras .... choreographer
Ernesto Punzalan .... production auditor
George Rosales .... production assistant
Marilou Santos .... field cashier
Ricky Santos .... liaison
Manuel Sta. Maria .... legman
 

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94 min
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Australia:M | Finland:K-15 (2003) | Finland:K-18 (1985) | Norway:15 (DVD rating) (2005) (uncut) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Hysterical movie for all the wrong reasons, 19 September 2004
Author: MadameCassel from Brussels, Belgium

For starters, the title is misleading. Nine Deaths of a Ninja? Fat chance. I hope the ninja would have used up his nine lives early on and get this movie done with. Nine deaths? Pfffft.

Okay, the plot, if there is one. A German (of course a German, and a Nazi, swastika flag and all) terrorist and his amazing bunch of henchmen and -women kidnap a bus load of tourists. They take them to a remote place in jungle and demand the release of Rahji Mohammed, some kind of fellow terrorist. The best special team, consisting of Shô Kosugi, Brent Huff who looks like he's escaped from a toothpaste ad and a gorgeous but oh-so-clever blonde Emilia Crow, is sent to take care of the problem.

The actor who plays Rahji Mohammed, Sonny Erang, sure has a challenging role to play. No one, not even the severely retarded mental patients I have seen in hospitals, laugh menacingly all the time. Rahji had two or three lines in the whole movie, the rest of the time he just laughs. Oh and he must be a really nasty guy: he takes some balloons away from children and squeezes the balloons until they pop. Terrifying. The rest of the terrorists show their bad to the core nature by stealing medication from a girl with severe heart condition.

The rest of the actors are just as wooden as Sonny Erang. Brent Huff is expressive as a brick (and I always thought Ben Affleck is wooden!) and Shô Kosugi is downright awful. The same you can say about every single soul in this pathetic excuse of a martial arts movie. Oh wait! There is someone who was relaxed and expressive: the little monkey. He was well cast.

The fight scenes are so stupid they are laughable. The bad guys stand in line and neatly wait their turn as they are being slaughtered. I wonder why this movie has been cut and given high PG, there is nothing to see here, not so gory violence and no sex, excluding a pair of titties in one scene.

Saving the hostages is forgotten for a long time while the brave men of the rescue team visit a floating whorehouse (Madame Whoopee's Floating House of Fun or something like that) where the assassin-trained whores try to kill our hero's, but one of the assassins loses her bikini top and they have to abort the mission...

The "hejsan så ska vi dansa" amazon women, lead by the queen bitch Honey Hump (!!) are maybe the most laughable element of this movie. And the Rahji's explosives in the mouth scene... how the hell can it leave the head untouched but come out of his butt???! Beats the hell out of me. But what can you expect of a movie where the best actor is a monkey in diapers.

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