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Pray for Death (1985)

After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges.

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Donna Kei Benz ...
Aiko Saito (as Donna K. Benz)
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Lt. Anderson
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Takeshi Saito
Shane Kosugi ...
Tomoya Saito
Matthew Faison ...
Sgt. Joe Daley
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Sam Green
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Mr. Newman
Alan Amiel ...
Vinnie Seline
Woody Watson ...
Cohen
Charles Grueber ...
Sgt. Trumble (as Charles Gruber)
Nik Hagler ...
Pirelli
Chris Wycliff ...
Joe Benson
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Akira Saito, a Japanese businessman lives in Tokyo with his Japanese-American wife Aiko and their children, Takeshi and Tomoya. When the family has a chance to move to the United States so that Aiko can teach the children about their American heritage, they pack up and head for Houston, Texas and run a restaurant. This is where the trouble begins. A band of crooked cops store stolen goods in the back room of the restaurant and unknown to the Saitos family, a priceless necklace (the Van Atta necklace), is wanted by a local syndicate. When one of the dirty cops decide to take the necklace for himself, the syndicate goes after the previous owner of the restaurant, then after the Saitos'. When one of the boys is kidnapped by top thug Limehouse, Akira quietly rescues him. However, when Aiko and Tomoya are run down by Limehouse in an effort to get the necklace, Akira has had enough. For years, Akira has kept a dark secret. Akira finally decides to unleash his dark side. Written by kinnikuman12195

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November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nindzsa imája a haláláért  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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A sequel was planned but never materialized. See more »

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Kaga: You must remove the guilt from your mind, for one day, it will kill you.
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What a cool outfit!
11 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Sho Kosugi dons particularly cool looking ninja togs in this fair martial arts actioner from 1985.

The plot (of sorts) more or less resembles exactly that of Kosugi's earlier, superior 'Revenge Of The Ninja'.

Similarly (and infuriatingly!!!) just as in the aforementioned film, Sho is yet again incredibly reluctant to get into his full ninja gear and whoop ass even after repeated attempts on his families life by the movies villains.

However, inevitably and true to that staple cliché in these types of films, at least one of his family MUST be killed off thus prompting our hero to swear the obligatory oath of revenge. The bad news is that it takes until well over the hour mark before our man Sho actually gets his full ninja act together to get stuck in proper.

Still, to be fair, the resulting action makes it worth the long wait and the villains invariably buy it in style at Sho's deadly hands and feet.

The climatic battle between Sho's character and the evil (but ridiculously named) Limehouse Willy (played by none other than James Booth!) proves to be surprisingly evenly matched (a chainsaw being ostensibly a weapon that ninja are not specifically trained to defend against) but of course, such a repulsive low down, low life miscreant can only meet a suitably grisly end here and Sho certainly makes sure that he does!

Whilst this isn't my personal favourite of Sho's movies, it's still a fairly enjoyable romp. If you're at all into the 80's ninja film craze then you could do a lot worse than to check this out.

After all, nobody embodies the ninja better on screen than Sho does.


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