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American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

 -  Action | Drama  -  1 May 1987 (USA)
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On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

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Sgt. Charlie McDonald
Gary Conway ...
Leo 'The Lion' Burke
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Capt. 'Wild Bill' Woodward (as Jeff Weston)
Michelle Botes ...
Alicia Sanborn
Mike Stone ...
Tojo Ken
Len Sparrowhawk ...
Pat McCarthy
Jonathan Pienaar ...
Tommy Taylor
Bill Curry ...
Inspector Singh
Dennis Folbigge ...
Sir Cloudsly Smith
Elmo Fillis ...
Toto
Ralph Draper ...
Professor Sanborne
John Pasternack ...
Vesuvius (as John Pasternak)
Gary Ford ...
Ambassador Scruggs
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On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

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$350,000 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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The last movie Michael Dudikoff made with Menahem Golan & Yorman Globus. But not the last movie made with Cannon. That would be Chain Of Command (1994) See more »

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Joe throws a sword at a ninja who shoots arrows at him from atop a boulder, causing him to fall off and hit the ground. However, the ninja falls in a way that would have him landing on his head, yet when the camera cuts to a shot of the landing, he lands on his back, making the shot uneven. See more »

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Sergeant Charlie McDonald: [to a woman at the bar] How about lunch?
[she smashes a bottle on his head]
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Followed by American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990) See more »

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Temptation
Written by Michael Bishop and Scott "Lord" Page
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One of the BeSt NinJa MovIes EVER!
30 July 2003 | by (Casablanca) – See all my reviews

When watching American Ninja 2 we must keep in mind this is a movie made in 1987 and most of all that it is…well a ninja movie. There was a huge boom in this kind of flicks at the time and its elements were well defined. A lot of bad ninjas, a hero, cool action scenes and some of the worst dialog to ever appear on film.

However I must admit that I was and in a way still am a big fan of the genre. Lets face it, these movies were fun.

American Ninja 2 is one of the best examples. Part of a series of five films this is without a doubt the highlight of the saga.

Michael Dudikoff had the looks to be the star. But unfortunately not the talent. Thus the small dialog he has. He still does an OK job as the hero and doesn't disappoint in the fight scenes but in total Steve James steals the movie with his charisma and style. This guy was great. He was having fun and made us enjoy it as much as he did. He also had some acting skills, which helped a lot since everybody else were close to amateurs. Steve James was the man!

I also have to mention Jeff Weston who was very funny as Wild Bill. Good job.

The story is weak but still its not embarrassingly bad. Anyway what matters is the action and while some fights didn't work very well, there were a lot of scenes so we still get loads of punching, kicking and swordplay.

The music also helps. Its very 80´s of course and sets the atmosphere and the rhythm for the action very successfully.

We also have some nice locations, a lot of beach and sun and even some pretty girls sunbathing.

Of course the movie is cheesy but if you try not to notice all its flaws and just enjoy it for what it is you'll have a lot of fun.

There's lots of action, some really bad dialog that will make you laugh really hard and of course in the end everybody´s happy.

An entertaining movie even today and one of the best ninja flicks ever.

RIP Steve James I still remember you!


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