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The Master 

An aging American ninja master and his headstrong young apprentice search for the elder man's daughter.

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Michael Sloan
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1984  
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lee Van Cleef ...  John Peter McAllister / ... 13 episodes, 1984
Timothy Van Patten ...  Max Keller 13 episodes, 1984
Shô Kosugi ...  Okasa 13 episodes, 1984
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Storyline

John Peter Macallister was a Korean veteran who, after serving, decided to live in Japan, and, while there, he studied Ninjitsu and became a Ninja. Thirty years later, he learned that he has a daughter, so left to find her. Apparently, though, he can't leave the sect that he is with, because it means that he is now marked for death. He manages to escape, and, upon arriving in the States, he meets Max Keller, a drifter who has a penchant for getting involved with other people's problems and helping them out if he can. Max and Macallister hook up, with Max helping Macallister find his daughter, and Macallister teaching him the ways of the ninja. At the same time, evading Okasa, one of Macallister's students, who is now sworn to kill him. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The Master Is Here! He's the supreme warrior. Even his eyes can kill you. His student is the supreme heartthrob. His eyes can melt you


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Master Ninja See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Every episode after the pilot began with a recap of Lee Van Cleef's character backstory with a flashback to the same scene from the pilot episode with Timothy Van Patten narrating and blending into the latest episode. See more »

Goofs

The roof of the bar begins to collapse before the Master kicks it. See more »

Quotes

Max Keller: Hi, I'm Max Keller.
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Alternate Versions

2 episodes of the series were combined into a feature-length video release titled "Master Ninja I". An additional feature-length video combining two episodes was released under the title "Master Ninja II". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »

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Lovably lame
8 February 1999 | by servo-9See all my reviews

Lee van Cleef and Timothy van Patten make lovably lame main characters in this silly "movie" spliced together from two episodes of a 1980's TV series. David MacCallum shows up as an extremely unthreatening international terrorist/kidnapper, and George Lazenby is a cut-price secret agent whose tuxedo seems to be surgically attached to his skin. We're expected to believe that elderly Lee is capable of executing acrobatic somersaults and climbing sheer walls. Tim registers mild annoyance when his mentor and best friend Lee appears to have been buried in a shallow grave.


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