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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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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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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,723,495 (USA) (26 February 1995)

Gross:

$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

Paul Racine escapes his ninja pursuers by ducking into a pachinko parlor (a kind of Japanese gambling hall). He is aided by a young girl, who takes him to Nagoya Station, where he catches a 5am bullet train out of the city. It's illegal for anyone under 18 to go into pachinko parlors, so the girl wouldn't be there in the first place. Pachinko parlors close at 11pm, meaning that Racine would be in for a very, very long wait on arriving at the station. See more »

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Kinjo: How much blood do I have to bath in, to get clean?
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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 »

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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How much blood do I have to bath in, to get clean?
3 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Samurai flicks may be considered a guilty pleasure, but this one is well worth watching.

It is not a Toshiro Mifune classic, but it features plenty of Samurai action and lots of blood is spilled.

Christopher Lambert (Highlander I, II, and III; Mortal Kombat) plays an American businessman who picks up an extremely lovely Joan Chen (Lust, Caution; Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl) in a bar and they have a pleasurable time before ninjas arrive to kill her for a transgression. The leader, John Lone (The Last Emperor, Year of the Dragon) is identified and the hunt begins.

The businessman enlists the help of super Japanese actor Yoshio Harada and Yôko Shimada (Shogun and "Shogun"). What he doesn't realize ifs the Samurai isn't really interested in helping, he just wants to do battle with the Ninja.

It's fast paced and exciting with enough exploitation to make it special.


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