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Release Date:
9 December 2009 (Japan) See more »
This homage to martial arts legend Jim Kelly is based on a hugely successful Youtube video. Reggie's got a dead end job... See more » | Add synopsis »
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James Black ... Black Lighting
D.T. Carney ... Townie

Marla Gibbs ... Aunt Mary

Nick Hermz ... Black lighting thug

Mark Hicks ... Reggie Carson (as Mark A. Hicks)

Natascha Hopkins ... Sandra
Rachel Howard ... News Reporter

Jim Kelly ... Cleavon Washington

Brent McEwan ... Stu

Mari Morrow ... Roxanne
Michiko Nishiwaki ... Yuko

Jimmy Ortega ... Bartender
Ming Qiu ... ATM Girl

Marc Anthony Samuel ... Felix

Gary Anthony Sturgis ... Mayor

Elle Travis ... Black Lightning Girl

Slim Khezri ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Hicks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Hicks 
Carlton Holder  screenplay
William Koressel 

Produced by
Rodney Baty .... associate producer
Mark Hicks .... producer
Hollis Hill .... executive producer
Jon D. Wagner .... associate producer
Leon Watkins .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gemi Taylor 
Cinematography by
Thomas Kuo 
Film Editing by
Marvin J. Miller 
Allen L. Sowelle 
Production Design by
Troy Wilderson 
Art Direction by
Amy Mehlhorn 
Costume Design by
Lisa Russey 
Makeup Department
Heather L. Burns .... key makeup artist
Nikki Greene .... special makeup effects artist
Briana Lindsey .... assistant makeup artist
Megg Massey .... hair department head
Production Management
Elizabeth Rypel .... assistant production manager
Leon Watkins .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Watkins .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott Enge .... assistant property master
Aiyana Trotter .... set dresser
Tsuyoshi Abe .... stunts
Kevin Beard .... stunts
David Brown .... stunts
Arnold Chon .... stunts
Brennan Dyson .... stunts
Mark Hicks Jr. .... stunts
Mark Hicks .... fight choreographer
Hollis Hill .... stunts
Richard King .... stunts
Will Leong .... stunt coordinator
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Ron McCord .... stunts (as Ronald McCord)
Joseph Micaletti .... stunts
Patrick Mulderrig .... stunts
Carl Anthony Nespoli .... stunt cop
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Keith Shindoll .... stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Larnell Stovall .... stunts
Joshua Wright .... stunts
Kofi Yiadom .... stunts
Omid Zader .... stunt performer
Claudette James .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Ray Siegle .... stunt attacker (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brandon Cunningham .... gaffer
Shaun Dallas .... camera operator: second unit
Jay Ellison .... technocrane technician
Rob Exner .... dolly grip
Tom Hunt .... grip
John Rogers .... director of photography: second unit
Daniel Stilling .... steadicam operator
Marcella Taylor .... second assistant camera
David Weinreb .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
John Tripp .... colorist
Other crew
Rachel Howard .... script supervisor
Joey Levy .... production assistant
Ryan Manuel .... production assistant
Elizabeth Rypel .... production coordinator
Richard A. Strom .... producer's representative
Aaron D. Wright .... key set production assistant

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Additional Details

88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Jim Kelly and Marla Gibbs were both in Black Belt Jones (1974).See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fun and enjoyable low budget film, 4 July 2009
Author: Areles from United States

Mark Hicks' film "Afro Ninja: Destiny" obviously came about due to the notoriety of Mr. Hicks' viral video. That being said, Hicks has put together a lighthearted action comedy. A real pleasure seeing Jim Kelly, back on screen (even if it is simply a cameo). Also catching stunt performers Michiko Nishiwaki and Ming Qiu in what are comedic roles is a very nice surprise. While the fight scenes are nothing spectacular, they are performed with the right level of tongue in cheek bravado. But what makes this film work best, are the many character moments given to the cast. This is obviously a film that was a labor of love and a good time for all involved.

Simply a fun movie, that breezes along without overstaying its welcome. It will be nice to see what Directer/ Star Mark Hicks does next.

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