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Lethal Ninja (1992)

An American ninja's wife is held hostage by a sadistic Nazi chemist on an Asian island. He teams up with an African-American ninja to rescue her.


(as Joseph Wein)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Ford
Norman Coombes ...
David Webb ...
Pete Brannigan
Karyn Hill ...
Dominique Ford
Kimberleigh Stark ...
Frank Notaro ...
Omar Osman
Ken Gampu ...
Len Sparrowhawk ...
Dr. Johannsen
Douglas Bristow ...
David Phetoe ...
African President
Paul Flanders ...
Kray's Bodyguard 1
Chris Olley ...
Kray's Bodyguard 2 (as Chris Ollie)
Neville Strydom ...
Omar's Bodyguard 1
Ricky Wainstein ...
Omar's Bodyguard 2
Ernest Hlabana ...
Customs Man


An American ninja's wife is held hostage by a sadistic Nazi chemist on an Asian island. He teams up with an African-American ninja to rescue her.

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Confronted by an evil force...this time the fight is personal...to save the woman he loves. See more »


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Release Date:

8 May 1992 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

American Ninja 5: The Nostradamus Syndrome  »

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Kindergarten - Ninja

I believe I understand this movie. The message is:

If you have a problem you only have to wait, to hit the guys who try to kill you with only one beat or turn out the lights with your ninja-sword. ...Am I wrong ?

It is fun and pain to watch the hero of this movie, Ross Kettle (called "Joe" in the film), trying to look cool, pretending to fight with big men, knocking them down after almost no fighting and grabbing bigger men's...you know.

Problem 1: Ross Kettle is no action hero, he was good in "Santa Barbara" (a soap opera) and without him you could forget the movie completely, but he is just not right for the part.

Problem 2: One of the worst actresses I've ever seen: Karyn Hill, who plays Ross Kettle's kidnapped wife. Anyone could have been a better choice. If she was at least naked to convince us with her breasts...

Problem 3: The story...what story ? It would be ridiculous trying to explain what happens. It doesn't matter !

Problem 4: Explosions are nice and good fights are interesting, but is it really necessary to hear a sound like when Batman and Robin of the original Batman-series beat someone up, every time Ross Kettle, the hero (a joke, sorry), is knocking someone down ? Besides, there are no good fights here and explosions look like from a cartoon.

Pretending to be a movie for adults. Not even children would care, or perhaps the little ones !

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