Surf Ninjas (1993)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  20 August 1993 (USA)
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Brothers Johnny, an adolescent surf talent, and Adam, a preadolescent video-game addict, grow up care-free in California as adopted sons of Marines veteran Mac, inseparable friends of wacky... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Reyes Sr. ...
Nicolas Cowan ...
Oliver Mills ...
Moto Surfer
School Cop
Neal Israel ...
Mr. Dunbar
Vladimir Parra ...
Back-up Singer #1
Brandon Karrer ...
Back-up Singer #2
Dathon Aragon ...
Back-up Singer#3 (as Dathan Aragon)
Phillip Bayless ...
Back-up Singer #4
Philip Tan ...
Captain Ming
Baba Ram
Romy Windsor ...
Miss Robertson


Brothers Johnny, an adolescent surf talent, and Adam, a preadolescent video-game addict, grow up care-free in California as adopted sons of Marines veteran Mac, inseparable friends of wacky local lout Iggy. Colonel Chi's military reign of terror culminates in their tiny birth-land, island state Patu San, off the Viet Nam coast. Former royal guards officer Zatch comes to summon the brothers to return and restore the pacific monarchy, because they are the sons of the murdered king, whom Mac took in exile for safety. They are joined on the adventurous journey by a bored Californian police detective whose attention was drawn by the ninja team that failed, thanks to Zatch, to murder the brothers in Mac's home. Written by KGF Vissers

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Surf's up! Time to save the world!

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Rated PG for comic martial arts action and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Surf Warriors  »

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$4,916,135 (USA)

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The portable video game system Adam plays throughout the movie is the Sega Game Gear, a handheld version of the Sega Master System. It was Sega's answer to the Nintendo Game Boy, which came out a year earlier. See more »


After the house blows up, while Johnny is arguing with Zatch he mentions the former residence being in Ocean Park, which is in Santa Monica, California. The location of the actual house is in Hermosa Beach, which is about 15 miles south of Ocean Park, though it's implied that Johnny and Adam lived in Santa Monica (they pass by the Santa Monica Pier as they're driving to school). See more »


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Not a masterpiece, but it's pretty funny
30 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

It never fails to amaze me--no matter how many times I read over the comments about "Surf Ninjas", I'm astounded by the sheer number that are written by people who must look down their noses at any movie that does not fit into the category of "serious film". You would think that an Oscar contender was being reviewed, not a children's movie from the early 90's about surfing ninja-princes.

Come on. How much can a person expect from a movie called "Surf Ninjas"? All you can expect, as far as I'm concerned, are ninjas who surf. This movie has both, therefore it is a complete success.

I have to say, I loved this movie when I was little. I rented it every weekend for three months straight. Last Christmas, I found a VHS of it at Wal-Mart for $3.99, and, of course, I bought it. When I watched it, I was pleasantly surprised that it not only lived up to what I remembered of it, but that it was full of inside jokes and one-liners that my kid's brain couldn't quite get, but that my now-adult brain totally comprehends. And, might I add, finds rather funny.

Few movies could make a running gag out of a line like "Money can't buy knives", but "Surf Ninjas" pulls it off. Don't watch this expecting a masterpiece, but as a slice of good old 1990's nostalgia, it's great.

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