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

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1984  
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...  John Peter McAllister / ... 13 episodes, 1984
...  Max Keller 10 episodes, 1984
...  Okasa 7 episodes, 1984
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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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20 January 1984 (USA)  »

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The van that Timothy Van Patten drives around in the show is quite similar to the one featured on The A-Team, with a different striping color. Both shows were on NBC in 1984. See more »

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

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Truck Driver: I thought you died on me. You haven't moved for an hour.
John Peter McAllister: A warrior in 16th-century Japan sat under an icy waterfall... with his arms above his head like this,
[raises his arms above his head]
John Peter McAllister: without moving, for 86 hours.
Truck Driver: Why'd he do that?
John Peter McAllister: I can't imagine.
Truck Driver: Yeah, well I say you didn't move at all.
John Peter McAllister: Slow heartbeat. Close the door on the senses... and listen to the silence.
Truck Driver: You must be a lot of laughs at a party.
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Worth a look at on a rainy day.
17 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

This series will always live on in my memory despite my not having seen it for a number of years. Sho Kosugi was well cast as the ninja bad guy. It is such a shame that he never became a greater star, but such is life. However, the casting of Lee Van Cleef as the good ninja was just pitifully unrealistic. Whilst a fine actor, it required too much of a suspension of disbelief to believe he could do any of the martial arts maneauvers he was supposed to. He was just plain too old.

That said, I have many a fond memory of this series. No doubt, were I to watch them again now I would find many of the episodes cringe-inducing (just like some of the original Star Trek series). But still worth a look at on a rainy day.


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