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Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

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After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Firstenberg

Writer:

James R. Silke (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Kosugi ... Cho Osaki (as Sho Kosugi Black Ninja)
Keith Vitali Keith Vitali ... Dave Hatcher
Virgil Frye ... Lt. Dime
Arthur Roberts ... Braden
Mario Gallo ... Caifano
Grace Oshita Grace Oshita ... Grandmother Osaki
Ashley Ferrare ... Cathy
Kane Kosugi ... Kane Osaki
John LaMotta John LaMotta ... Joe (as John La Motta)
Mel Hampton ... Detective Rios
Oscar Rowland ... One-Eyed Informant
Professor Toru Tanaka ... Sumo Servant (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)
Don Shanks ... Chief
Joe Pagliuso ... Alberto
Ladd Anderson Ladd Anderson ... Thief #1
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Storyline

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for the ultimate battle he has ever been involved in. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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400 years of training in the art of sudden death... unleashed on 20th century America. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninja II See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$509,106, 11 September 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,168,027, 31 December 1983
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The violence was dramatically cut for its original theatrical release which still garnered '18' certificates around the world. See more »

Goofs

Before the badminton court fight at the end, Cho is already cut up before the fight starts. He suffered no injuries in the building. See more »

Quotes

Cathy: [after betraying Braden, Cathy wakes up to find herself tied up in a hot tub of boiling water]
[shouts]
Cathy: What are you doin to me?
Braden: [shakes his head with dismay] Cathy, you're a disappointment and my trust in you is gone. You've shown too much compassion.
Cathy: [sees Kane tied up in the sauna room and gasps when she remembers that she was hypnotized into kidnapping him]
[shouts]
Cathy: Oh, my God! What have I done?
[looks at Braden with hate in her eyes]
Cathy: [shouts] What do you want with him?
Braden: He saw me, Cathy, so now he...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by over 5 minutes and the video received a further 57 secs of cuts. Among the footage removed were all shots of throwing stars and nunchakus, plus additional cuts to kicks, blows, a blowpipe scene and the fight in the gymnasium. The cuts were fully waived for the 2011 Optimum DVD. See more »

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Follows Enter the Ninja (1981) See more »

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Enjoyable Hokum
4 February 2004 | by viddywell_78See all my reviews

Good old Sam Firstenberg..The man who embraced graphic violence into martial arts films 80's deserves accolades for his entry of total cheese into the b-grade annals of this periods hokum.

Before Michael Dudikoff picked up a sword,Sho Kosugi was the real deal. Never afraid to defend his honour,even before he knew what he was fighting for and not afraid to take a beating for his earnings,Takes up the role here as a sacred ninja forced to flee to America for a new life after the slaying of his family in Osaka.(The Grandmother should have been the FIRST one slayed for her acting ability)

Ninja's are like alcoholics as far as i am concerned.They always conced that their past is forged without reason to continue other than violence and dismay.More slaughter is abound due to a poor drug running effort on part of Kosugi's friend Braden who settles Sho's life in the US unbeknowenst he's being used as the front for such materials.When Kosugi's family is caught up in the slaughter that arises from the rival gang falling out, you have to think to yourslef. A:Why is the Blonde woman even part of the story and why does she not wear underwear during practice! B: Why does Kane remain defeated by afformentioned Hypnotised Blonde and not by huge Japanese Captive C: Were most of Kane's onscreen backflips poorly choreographed. and D: Why Keith Vitali's fearless cop role was rubbed short in a matter of seconds by the evil ninja man when he spent the whole film defeating guys with hatchets and guns.

The Answer is : WHO CARES when in fact this film should be appreciated for the fact that nothing else today with Jet Li or Seagal can emulate it..This is classic 80's garb at it's best.Appreciate it for what it is and dont pick it to bits.After all,The Cannon Group were in a league of their own,and as far as the league they set out to be goes,They were the experts.This is 80's predecessing martial arts mayhem and gore (and ham also) at it's best :)


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