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Surf Ninjas (1993)

Two boys learn from a mysterious warrior that they are the heirs to the throne of Patusan and set out to overthrow the current monarchy.




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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
Captain Ming
Baba Ram
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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Ernie Reyes, Jr. actually holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do. See more »


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Johnny: [Johnny and Adam are about to surf the waves] Wooo, the waves our pumpin...
Iggy: Go.
Johnny: What, you're not coming with us?
Iggy: I'll be there in a minute, I just gotta wax the old "Man to wave friction reducing vehicle".
[Johnny and Adam stare at him with pause]
Iggy: ... Surfboard!
Johnny: Oh, so we'll see you after, Right?
Iggy: Sure, gotta put some wax on so I dont slip off, need a lotta wax.
Johnny: [Afterwards] Whoa, I think I fully dinged my board on a rock or somethin...
[Iggy starts walking towards the water]
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The only hunch I can surmise as to why people rated this film so low was because they were not the demographic target, but then again, neither am I, and I still enjoyed "Surf Ninjas" immensely.
23 September 2001 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

"Surf Ninjas" is an excellent film. I suppose many people viewed the early 90's American pop-culture references, and dated jargon as off-putting, but to me, they gave the film a sense of nostalgic charm. The only hunch I can surmise as to why people rated this film so low was because they were not the demographic target, but then again, neither am I, and I still enjoyed "Surf Ninjas" immensely. Sure, "Surf Ninjas" is targeted at the teenage crowd, but you don't have to be a teenager to enjoy it. Even now, as an adult, I still enjoy this film. Although, it's a bit difficult pinpointing why exactly I like it so much, but one of the main reasons was because the main characters were so engaging and enjoyable. The most enjoyable characters are Johnny and Iggy, but just about everyone turns out an enjoyable performance here. One of my favourite scenes in this film is when the cast gives a hilarious rendition of the song, "Barbara Ann", right after Johnny liberates his people. Also, there are some wonderful jokes in this film, many of which are very witty. But I won't give any of them away; they're far too funny to spoil. I guess this is the type of film you could call a "guilty pleasure", but I don't really see why. Why anyone would categorize something such as this that's funnier than 90% of the American comedies out there as "guilty" is beyond me.

My rating: 9 stars out of 10

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