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Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)

Long zhi ren zhe (original title)
Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty enemy.


Corey Yuen


See-Yuen Ng

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Credited cast:
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Genbu
Conan Lee ... Sun Jing
Jung-Lee Hwang ... The Magician (as Jang Lee Hwang)
Kaname Tsushima Kaname Tsushima ... Akane
Hiroshi Tanaka Hiroshi Tanaka ... Fukusa
Tai-Bo ... Chee
Yeong-Mun Kwon Yeong-Mun Kwon ... Sanchiro (as Wing-Man Kwan)
Feng Tien
Chia-Hsiang Wu
Kao-Shan Hsiao Kao-Shan Hsiao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Kuei Chang Chung-Kuei Chang ... (as Tsung-Kuei Chang)
Chin Hai Chen Chin Hai Chen
Lung Chin
Hsing Nan Ho Hsing Nan Ho
Byeong-Gyu Kim Byeong-Gyu Kim


Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty enemy.

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Hong Kong | Japan


Cantonese | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

17 April 1982 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 'torpedo-digging' trick Jen Moo uses in the final fight is a standard trick of all Hong Kong ninja movies made in the 80's. See more »


In the final scene when Chee makes his remark about femininity being the best weapon, Ching and Jen Moo simultaneously execute a flying kick against him. But when Chee starts talking, both fighters are just about ten feet away from him; but their running starts come from a longer distance - at no point do they step backwards. See more »


Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »


Written by Casey Rankin and John Scott
Performed by Alfredo Chen Singers
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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A true ninja classic!
18 July 2006 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

Without doubt one of the very finest Ninja movies ever made, this film also marked the explosive screen debut of the incredible Conan Lee. Even more amazingly, the said actor had previously no martial arts experience whatsoever prior to filming this although you would never guess this judging by his awesome physical performance here.

The fight scenes (choreographed by none other than the superb Corey Yuen who also directs the film) are absolutely jaw dropping, in fact they are undoubtedly some of the best combat scenes ever committed to celluloid.

Hiroyuki Sanada is the Ninja of the movies title and clearly demonstrates to us all why he is considered to be one of the very best screen martial artists ever, displaying probably some of the most graceful moves ever seen in any martial arts film.

Added to this, and a real treat for fans of old style kung fu, the always superb Hwang Jang Lee, considered by many as the greatest leg fighter ever, turns up at the films climax as, yes you've guessed it – the main villain! (As he was perpetually type cast!)

Special note also must be made of the extremely cool music that cranks up throughout…..highly memorable; it'll have you humming it for days!

It's very strange that after such an explosive screen debut, Conan Lee's fame dissipated so quickly. The actor was in fact even being tauted at the time as the next Jackie Chan. Just goes to show what a fickle business the movie industry is.

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