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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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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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Join Spike Shinobi and the gang!, 18 October 2010
Author: Comeuppance Reviews from United States Minor Outlying Islands

When German, wheelchair-bound terrorist Alby the Cruel (Dammett) uses his team of female soldiers to take a busload of Americans in the Philippines hostage, a team of special anti-terrorist agents are dispatched to save the innocents. Steve Gordon (Huff), Jennifer Barnes (Emilia Crow) and of course Spike Shinobi (Kosugi) are sent in to save the day. It seems Alby is demanding the release from prison of Rahji (Sonny Erang), a grinning, drooling idiot of a terrorist. He's so evil, he goes around popping kids' balloons just for fun. Once he is released, only one group of people can stop the terrorists and free the hostages...Steve, Jennifer and Spike! Did you think it would be someone else? The fact that Sho Kosugi's name here is Spike Shinobi should tell you everything you need to know about this movie. And that it was shot in the Philippines (and that it's a Crown International production). Knowing these things should help you appreciate the silliness within. This anti-terrorist crew hangs out together by the pool, and Spike practices his sword skills on watermelons, then serves them to his compatriots. Narrowly missing a kitten while blindfolded sword-chopping is an important technique to have. Also they have very snappy matching jumpsuits. But when their boss calls in "Dark Team - Red Option 4" they snap into action. This obviously isn't to be confused with Robert Vaughn's "Control 5" from Deadly Reckoning (1998).

Blackie Dammett chews the scenery as Alby, and his beloved pet, a monkey with a diaper, is a highlight of his terrorist training camp (any bad guy worth his salt has one). But are they any match for the blow-pop loving Spike (he has a special holster on his belt to hold his blow pops)? When the action in the movie turns to a jungle scenario as the team gets closer to the training camp, Huff goes all Rambo with his headband and giant machine gun. They're really pulling out all the stops because Kosugi's sons Shane and Kane are trapped on the hijacked bus. Luckily, they are crafty li'l devils that have some tricks up their sleeve as well.

Sure, many things about this film make no sense, including the fact that Sho isn't technically a ninja in the film, and the title makes NO sense considering the action in the film, but they needed to call it something cool, especially because the ninja boom was in full swing at this time. I guess they figured simply the presence of Sho Kosugi made this a ninja movie. All of the silly stunts and nonsensical actions are completely and totally justified by the amazing opening credits sequence. They really don't make 'em like this anymore. It really should have gone on longer. Sadly, the movie never improves upon this opening sequence. We can't describe it, you just have to see it for yourself. You'll be glad you did.

For pretty ridiculous, pseudo-ninja action, try Nine Deaths of the Ninja. You could do a lot worse. This at least has some crazy, silly, funny stuff, which can't be said about a lot of other movies of its ilk. Plus it has Sho. If you see it, get it.

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