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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!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$4,916,135 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though more known now for his comedies, Leslie Nielson was said to be surprisingly intimidating during the filming. Both Ernie Reyes Jr. and Nicolas Cowan said that Leslie Nelson remained in character off camera in an attempt to scare everyone. See more »


In the scene when Adam steals the jeep to rescue his family and friends, the driver's seat moves from left to right throughout the scene. See more »


Iggy: [Walking across a hill] Woah, this trail is massively narrow. What if somebody fell?
[Lt. Spence and Adam suddenly fall down the hill]
Iggy: What if I said "I'm sorry"!
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Referenced in The Mask (1994) See more »


Barbara Ann
Written by Fred Fassert
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Saving face for Surf Ninjas
12 November 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I believe that a lot of people do not understand how to criticize on a film. People are supposed to grade it for what it is, not for what the actors are doing now, not for how it should have been compared to what it is, and certainly not for the TYPE of film that it is.

Surf Ninjas is a feel good movie that is targeted for kids. Granted I am over 18 and I still love the movie (but I'm also into surfing and martial arts so the film is right up my ally).

Granted that the film could have been put together when compared to films of today. But you must understand that the film was low budget. This wasn't made by a director who could throw away money. This film was made by someone who had an idea and who barely had the capabilities and extensive training ... not to mention the lack of funds for any really cool computer generated effects.

If you grade the movie on what it is (a kid movie) and you understand what kind of budget they had to work with ... you have to give the movie at least a 8 out of 10 stars, even if you don't like martial arts or Rob Schneider!

Personally, I rate it 10 out of 10. If you haven't seen it, and are having doubts, at least go give it a try to see what YOU think. Don't read any more from these silly critics. I bet you'll enjoy the film in full.

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