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The Hunted (1995)

Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, 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 ... See full summary »

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Kinjo
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Kirina
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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
Ken Kensei ...
Sujin
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Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, 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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He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession See more »

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

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24 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Perseguido  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,607,652 (USA)
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The many "hand to hand" weapons used in the film are fairly unique to Japan, to note a few.

-Ninjato- The Ninjas primary weapon.

-Shuriken- Commonly known as "Ninja Stars" they vary in design due to their use and from clan to clan with many groups having their signature design as seen in the film.

-Manriki- A length of chain weighted at both ends, it was used to either ensnare or be used at distance to attack a foe.

-Kusarigama- The chain and sickle, used to either keep distance with the weighted end or ensnare and dispatch foes with the blade.

-Tanto- A short sword easily concealed and preferred in tight spaces. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Takeda speaks in Japanese with a chuckle]
Mieko: Takeda is impressed Mr. Racine. No one has ever escaped the Makato, now you've done it twice.
Racine: Tell 'im it's not a skill I wish to continue practicing.
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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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Connections

Features Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Christopher Lambert stars as a businessman who witnesses the slaying of a woman (Joan Chen) who he had just slept with, when the ninja (John Lone) is spotted face and all, the ninja stops at nothing to kill Lambert and it's only a rival ninja clan which teaches Lambert how to defend himself and win in a sword fight, Sean Connery of course is nowhere to be found this time. Lambert has a weird charisma about him, he really isn't that strong of an actor but for some reason he is able to get us to watch him and his screen presence almost always makes his hero generally more interesting than a musclebound action star who projects little sympathy. Lambert comes off rather vulnerable and the villains he's up against are no slouches either. They are ruthless SOBs, for instance they actually slaughter a train of innocent by standers all because they don't want any witnesses. This includes old people, children, mothers you name it they bit the big one. In theaters this was an experience which shocked a lot of us and the crowd I was with, were prepared for brutal action. The Hunted works as a Ninja actioner and is generally better polished than almost anything made in the 80's. It's slick, brutal and overall a fast paced actioner which in the end, is all we ask for.

* * * out of 4-(Good)


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