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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

R | | Action, Drama | 8 March 1991 (USA)
The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ...
James Booth ...
Dwayne Alexandre ...
Ken Gampu ...
Dr. Tamba
Robin Stille ...
Frantz Dobrowsky ...
O'Reilly (as Franz Dobrowsky)
Ron Smerczak ...
Kely McClung ...
Super Ninja / Delta Force Team
Jody Abrahams ...
Anthony Fridjhon ...
Freddie / Treddle (as Anthony Fridjohn)
David Sherwood ...
Sean Kelly ...
Jamie Bartlett ...
Deon Stewardson ...
Delta Force Team


CIA agent Sean Davidson and his sidekick Carl are sent into the stronghold of sadistic British ex-soldier Mulgrew to rescue some Delta Force commandoes who have been captured and tortured. When Sean, Carl and pretty doctor Sarah run into some problems, Peace Corps vet Joe Armstrong is lured out of retirement to stop Mulgrew's plan to explode a nuclear device in New York City. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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8 March 1991 (USA)  »

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This is the only entry in the series to star both actors who played the American Ninja in previous films: Michael Dudikoff of American Ninja (1985) and American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) and David Bradley of American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989). See more »


The evil super ninja goes through three costume changes: -The first is briefly visible during Delta Force's escape, when Mulgrew is seen on a cliff watching from afar with binoculars. The super ninja is standing next to him with an eye patch on his left eye, a white/silver chest guard, a silver belt with a black X shape on it, silver hand guards, and having large frizzy white hair. -The second is seen during the evil ninja training scene, where the super ninja has a metallic fabric ninja outfit on. His eyepatch is now covering his right eye, a silver hood is covering his head, and he has silver hand guards and boots on. A small portion of his white hair is sticking out from underneath his hood, just hanging over his left eye. His belt is a simple black cloth wrap that connects at the back, and there is only one red stripe outlining the inside of his vest. -The third is seen during the execution/final battle with Joe, and is of a more traditional karate type gi. The fabric is now all flat black colored cloth with more red stripes outlining his vest piece, including a small portion of his hood. His belt is now a traditional karate type that wraps around his waist and knots in the front. His hair is completely covered, there is a large diamond patch sewn on to his forehead, and a long tassel hangs down the back of it. See more »


Mulgrew: Do not kill them... They shall give far more pleasure to Allah and myself - alive.
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Two American ninjas...
30 December 2015 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

After a fairly disappointing third movie, without Michael Dudikoff, the fourth movie brings together Michael Dudikoff (playing Joe from parts one and two) and Daving Bradley (playing Sean from part three). And you think that would blow the roof off of the series, but it was hardly so.

When Sean is sent in to liberate a team of captured Delta Team soldiers and fail, former ranger Joe is sent in to bring everyone home.

And that was basically the storyline summarized in a single sentence. It is a no-brainer all the way through, but it is up to par with the previous three movies. I must admit that it is the first time I have seen or heard about an Arab terrorist group keeping ninjas in their ranks, but sure, why not? You would also think by the fourth movie that the villain might have better trained ninja henchmen about, but you are sadly mistaken. They were still equally worthless.

Michael Dudikoff doesn't even show up before into the last half of the movie. But still he is the main attraction for this fourth "American Ninja" movie.

By this fourth movie it is starting to really show that there is a growing fatigue in the franchise, which started to show already in the third movie. So I am a little bit hesitant about watching part five.

All in all, "American Ninja 4: The Annihilation" doesn't really revive the franchise after the disappointing third movie. But if you enjoy the first two movies then you will also find some enjoyment, at least, in part four.

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