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Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 17 January 1997 (USA)
A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.

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Cast

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Allison Page / Sally Jones
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Gobei
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Martin Tanley
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Nobu (as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi)
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Joey
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Izumo
Dale Ishimoto ...
Old Japanese Man
Daming Chen ...
Head Kobudosai
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Mr. Ozaru
Curtis Blanck ...
Billy
Tom Bailey ...
Billy's Dad
Jason Tobin ...
Busboy (as Jason J. Tobin)
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Driver
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Following a ship wreck, a baby is rescued by a clan of Ninja warriors and raised by them as one of their own. But Haru, as he is called, never quite fits in, nor does he manage to make a worthy Ninja. However, the good-natured and persevering Haru, in his own bumbling way, and with some help from Gobei, manages to prove himself to be a winner in the end. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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ninja | ship wreck | murder | japan | slow | See All (103) »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for sex related humor, martial arts violence and a humerous drug related scene | See all certifications »

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17 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le ninja de Beverly Hills  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,967,251 (USA) (24 January 1997)

Gross:

$31,235,710 (USA) (13 June 1997)
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Trivia

Chris Farley's name in the movie, Haru, means "Spring" in Japanese. See more »

Goofs

Gobei lassos the guard dog when Haru sneaks onto Tanley's estate. The dog later reappears still lassoed, but on the end of a different rope on a different part of the mansion. See more »

Quotes

Haru: I am one with the universe. I am one with the universe.
[Sees a stripper]
Haru: NO I AM NOT ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE!
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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Tsugihagi Boogie Woogie
Written by Tortoise Matsumoto
Performed by Ulfuls
Courtesy of Toshiba EMI Limited
under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Gets Better Every Time I See It.
17 May 2002 | by (Baltimore, Maryland (USA)) – See all my reviews

Please forgive the length of this first paragraph, but it is needed to explain my opinion of this film. I never saw this film in the theater; it looked a little silly to me. One day a few months later it came on pay-per-view. Due to a technical glitch the cable company unscrambled the pay-per-view channels all day long. It also happened to be raining and generally miserable out, so my buddies and I decided to watch this movie. We had three pay-per-view channels, and one of the channels showed a single movie all day long. Guess which movie it was.

The first time we watched it, we thought it was goofy, even stupid, and didn't really care for it. However like many teens, we mindlessly watched it again . . . and again . . . and again. We watched this film all day. "Why?" you ask; because it truly gets better every time you watch it.

I think the reason is because this is a stupid film, and when you first watch it, you're too smart for it. Eventually though the IQ points seep out of your head, and you're able to fully enjoy this great movie.

The bottom line: Watch this film at least 5 times, not necessarily back-to-back but it helps. It will grow on you. Even if you don't like Farley, watch this film for Chris Rock. Rock's performance is perfect, despite being too small of a role. Farley's performance is perfect as the bumbling but good-hearted "Great White Ninja." Even the chicken's performance is perfect. If you find the concept of a fat, white ninja involved in an Asian gang war mildly provocative, check your brain at the door and enjoy.


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