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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

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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
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David Brass ... Tex
John Ladalski ... Goverment agent
Louie Senn ... CIA Agent
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Directed by
Emmett Alston 
 
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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Someone's gotta' stick up for this one., 9 June 2005
Author: Steve (Yagamei@aol.com) from Toronto

9 Deaths, despite the mediocre score I've given it, definitely has a place amongst some of my favorite 80's action fliks. I'm actually surprised at the multitude of the negative feedback it's receiving here on the IMDb. I believe this is partly due to the common misconception that this movie is a serious, devoted stab at a true action movie (and it doesn't help that the site lists it only as being an action movie in genre). 9 Death is, to the enth degree, a COMEDY. It is intended to be a parody and comedy of martial arts/action movies and television of its time. Spike Shinobi A.K.A. lollipop (ala Kojak)? Come on, you know this is a joke.

You should be able to tell this film is deliberate humour, just watch the opening credits. It's a spoof off of the over-the-top Bond introductions, and there are other Bond parallels as well, such as the moronic laughing "arab" guy (who is subsequently played by a white guy .. riiiight), or Kosugi's speedo swim to the over-the-top whore boat. All taking ques from Bond movies as well as others. Secondly, you have your gung-ho American commando type ala Rambo or Ah-nold in Predator, mowing people down with a ridiculous chain gun.

There are simply too many comedic elements to list. The fighting midgets, the ridiculous, out-of-the-blue ninja fight near the end (with not a hint of explanation as to how or why the ninjas are even there), the melodramatic nazi villain, and the grace jones may-day esquire lesbian combat killer, "honey hump".

So before you watch this movie, I think it's important that you realize it is a comedy, and that it is filled with spoof or parody elements, right down to the cheesy music and characters. Of course, the film COULD be a little less deceptive in which genre it fits under. I can easily see how many would think the director was just a goof trying to make a serious action film - and the use of Kosugi's kids in the movie doesn't help (has it ever in the past? remember the Kane Kosugi/horrible actress fight in Revenge of the Ninja).

Even as a comedy, though, the movie isn't perfect. There are a lot of shots that don't make sense, some of the acting is terribly wooden, and the title (while I suspect is all part of the humour) is just ... EXTREMELY misleading. And, unfortunately, some of the jokes that 9 Deaths tries to pull off just simply aren't funny -- and it can be excessively campy and cheesy at points, whether this film is a satire or not. Regardless, I recommend it to anyone looking for a cheesy, funny throw-back to 80s martial arts/action films. It's not bad for an afternoon viewing.

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