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The Ninja Mission (1984)

Swedish scientist named Karl Markov is taken hostage by the KGB. After his daughter Nadia is also kidnapped and brought deep into the heart of Russia, a group of highly trained ninjas, led ... See full summary »


Mats Helge Olsson (as Mats Helge)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Krzysztof Kolberger ... Mason
Hanna Bieniuszewicz Hanna Bieniuszewicz ... Nadia (as Hanna Pola)
Bo F. Munthe Bo F. Munthe ... Hansen
Curt Broberg Curt Broberg ... Markov
Hans Rosteen Hans Rosteen ... Ableman
John Quantz John Quantz ... Johnny
Sirka Sander Sirka Sander ... Natassia
Mark Davies Mark Davies ... Mike
Wolff Lindner Wolff Lindner ... Daniels (as Wolf Linder)
Mats Helge Olsson ... Ivan (as Mats Helge)
Brett Barber Brett Barber ... Tom
Bob Gileberg Bob Gileberg ... First helicopter pilot
Nigel Bennett ... Second helicopter pilot
Lucy Frost Lucy Frost ... Night club hostess
Derek Keith Derek Keith ... First ninja at nightclub


Swedish scientist named Karl Markov is taken hostage by the KGB. After his daughter Nadia is also kidnapped and brought deep into the heart of Russia, a group of highly trained ninjas, led by American CIA agent Mason, is ordered to get them out. Written by morroviolet

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Agents of destruction. Warriors of darkness. Professionals of death. See more »


Action | Drama


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Sweden | UK



Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misja ninja See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

VTC,World Film Alliance See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Sweden's most lucrative film yet
27 August 2004 | by olaholmdahlSee all my reviews

This is truly a Swedish cult classic. On the cover of my copy, the tag line is "Ninjas and the CIA explode in violence in the heart of Russia". To the best of my knowledge, Ninja Mission is still the Swedish film to generate the most revenue (abroad, since it was instantly banned in Sweden during the merry 80's).

The movie itself is a clumsily put together action bonanza with a superbly surreal plot revolving around a revolutionary energy source, kidnapped scientists, and lots and lots of ninjas employed, for some reason, by the Americans.

The random slow motions scenes, haphazard spurts of violence and blurred footage come together to create a rather confusing, if entertaining B-movie with a thin slice of macho heroic moral slapped on top. As in so many other Mats Helge movies screen time is mostly spent on people walking in and out of rooms, running along hallways and yelling 'hurry up' to one another - a surefire way to create excitement. Still, there are joyous little things like the ninja terror weapon that fires a toxic dart, making the victim's heart (or head!) explode, and a fair amount of decent ninja action with some pretty neat martial arts moves.

70% of the actors sport heavy Swedish accent, and Mats Helge himself plays the fat, bearded Russian secret agent that kidnaps young girls.

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