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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 ...
Ken Kensei ...


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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One night of passion. Centuries of hate. the battle has begun See more »


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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


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$6,607,652 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The swords used by the Makato are known as Ninjato or Shinobigatana. It is widely debated by practitioners of Ninjitsu and Japanese historians if the swords were even used during the history of the Ninja, as there is little to no documentation or relics from the era. The first known and documented appearance of these swords was in Japan in 1964 when the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in Iga-Ueno, Japan was established, and where replicas of these swords were first displayed and remain to this day. That same year, the swords appeared in "Shinobi no Mono Kirigakure Saizo" and "Shinobi no Mono Zoku Kirigakure Saizo", the 4th and 5th entries in the famed Japanese period ninja movie series "Shinobi no Mono", released in theaters in Japan. See more »


At the start of the final ninja/samurai battle, Kinjo is seen drawing a sword from a scabbard on his back. Over the course of the fight, the scabbard disappears, reappears with another sword in it, then disappears again. See more »


[Paul Racine, still injured, is carrying two buckets of coal]
Racine: [puffing] I wish I knew Japanese so I could tell this guy, I am not a donkey.
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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

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Tokyo Blues
Written and Performed by George Lawton
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OK actioner with swordfights. But not quite Shogun Assassin!
12 May 2002 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This film, The Hunted, is written and directed by the guy (J. F. Lawton) who wrote us the first Under Siege movie with Steven Seagal, directed by Andrew Davis. The Hunted stars Christopher Lambert who was OK in Highlander by Russell Mulcahy and who is not too bad action star. The Hunted is not a great movie but it should satisfy action fans, especially mainstream action fans.

Chris is an American businessman visiting Japan and he sees the secret face of a masterful assassin, somekind of a yakuza cult member/leader. Soon Christopher finds himself in the middle of bloody and fastly edited swordfights and understands that his life is what they want. He gets some help from a rival "gang" and now they must destroy the evil clan that is on their tail..

There is one extremely suspenceful sequence in a train, which is filled with evil ninjas and so no passenger is safe. The train goes fast and there's no way to escape. That sequence is a highlight of this film and proves that the director can direct great action scenes if he wants to. The film runs pretty long, approximately 1h 50 min in NTSC speed, but there are no significantly irritating boring moments and the film is easy to sit through.

We are not talking about a classic picture but it is nice to see that these kinds of films were still made by big studios in USA as "recently" as 1995. The fights are often bloody but not too bloody. If one is bored with PG13 crap and stupid films which try to make money as much as possible, then I suggest trying this film for example. And fans on Seagal, Damme and other action kickers/fighters should also like the often nihilistic attitude of The Hunted.

6/10 and I recommend this to action film fanatics especially!

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