Blu-ray Review – Pray For Death (1985)

Pray For Death, 1985.

Directed by Gordon Hessler.

Starring Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Robert Ito, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Charles Greuber, Matthew Faison and Parley Baer.


A peaceful Japanese family move to the Us but fall foul of a crime syndicate, forcing the father to unleash his inner ninja.

“You should learn karate one day, Dad. You may need it” say the two young Saito boys Takeshi and Tomoya (Kane and Shane Kosugi respectively) to their father Akira (Shô Kosugi) during a play fight. However, the two children aren’t aware that their father isn’t just their boring businessman dad but really a highly skilled ninja warrior who carries around a lot of guilt after the death of his brother during a fight at the temple of his sensei Kaga (Robert Ito). Akira and his American-born wife Aiko (Donna Kei Benz) decide to move
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‘Pray For Death’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton, Kane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Matthew Faison, Parley Baer, Robert Ito, Michael Constantine, Alan Amiel, Woody Watson | Written by James Booth | Directed by Gordon Hessler

Pray For Death was the second film – outside of the Ninja Trilogy – to feature Sho Kosugi in a lead role and is easily one of, if not the, best film Kosugi has ever made. The film sees Shô Kosugi star as Akira, a Japanese businessman who, jaded by his job and looking for a better life for his family, moves to America. He opens a restaurant with his wife and kids but his world is shattered when he stumbles upon the headquarters of a sinister gang, led by crime lord Limehouse Willie. Wrongfully accused of stealing a precious necklace, the gangsters begin a rampage of murder that takes the life of Akira’s wife and threatens
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