The Hunted (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  24 February 1995 (USA)
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Paul is on one of his many business trips to Tokyo, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takeda Sensei
Mieko Takeda
Mari Natsuki ...
Tak Kubota ...
Masumi Okada ...
Lt. Wadakura
Tatsuya Irie ...
Bart Anderson ...
Seth Sakai ...
Dr. Otozo Yamura
Toshishiro Obata ...


Paul is on one of his many business trips to Tokyo, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody ninja violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perseguido  »

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Box Office


$6,607,652 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Lord Takeda is introduced he is instructing students in the art of Kendo. It is essentially sparring with bamboo training swords known as Shinai and the distinctive dark blue armor called kendogu. See more »


While Takeda is speaking with Oshima about making a new sword, a Stellar's Jay can be heard in the background. Stellar's Jays are a bird found in North America, and are not found in Japan. See more »


Takeda: [last words] I'll be waiting for you in hell.
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Crazy Credits

Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
  • Daidoji Yuzan

16th century See more »


Referenced in Your Studio and You (1995) See more »


I'm Just Thirty Blues
Written and Performed by Yoshinori Monta
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc.
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A good film
31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Hunted is surprisingly high in production values, acting and story. It also provides a nice inside look into Japanese culture and society. Blood and Gore of course, are a plenty. Christopher Lambert played his role very well and kept his naiveté and innocence very well portrayed, while finding himself in the middle of a war. The sword-fight choreography is decent and very realistic. The Japanese actors put on a splendid show. This a gripping, colorful and highly satisfying film that will never have you bored at any point. I find it quite under-rated because it is quite well developed despite its obscurity. This is something I would recommend to any viewer.

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