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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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Takeda Sensei
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Mieko Takeda
Mari Natsuki ...
Junko
Tak Kubota ...
Oshima
Masumi Okada ...
Lt. Wadakura
Tatsuya Irie ...
Hiryu
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Chase
Bart Anderson ...
John
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Nemura
Seth Sakai ...
Dr. Otozo Yamura
Toshishiro Obata ...
Ryuma
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Sujin
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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 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>

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

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

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$6,607,652 (USA)
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Much of the film was shot in the Greater Vancouver area, in May & June 1994. An open casting call for extras was held in April 1994 at the Holiday Inn on Howe St. Extras were paid $10/hour, however if you were given a speaking part (thus technically becoming an "actor"), your pay jumped to $1000 for the day. See more »

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In one of the shots where Takeda and Racine spar (after Takeda receives his new sword), a camera man is clearly scene on the left edge of the shot. (at around 26 mins) See more »

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Takeda: [last words] I'll be waiting for you in hell.
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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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Referenced in Your Studio and You (1995) See more »

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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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