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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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The CIA, the KGB and the Ninja, all caught in a web of violence in the heart of Russia. See more »


Action | Drama


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Sweden | UK



Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Misión ninja: Tras el telón de acero See more »

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Production Co:

VTC,World Film Alliance See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A touching and toughtful movie...
17 August 2004 | by m0rg16See all my reviews

I just watched this film on DVD. It was actually worse than I thought... But let me explain: At first I thought this was going to be a horrible movie, yes. But in an Ed Wood kind of way: It's so horrible it's actually incredible! But this movie isn't. It could have been, but it isn't. But it's still quite "enjoyable" (mind you, it's still horrible).

The dialoge and acting is bad, bad, bad. Remember that. It's really horrible. But it's quite funny in some scenes, because of that! Some scenes almost make it to 'Ed Wood Status'. But those aren't that many. Instead, we are graced with an endless amount of pointless action scenes. The finale, for example, has Ninja firing at an endless amount of guards. The whole thing is just ninja firing at guards, for ten minutes or so! Fun. Not.

Those kind of action scenes are abundant in this film: Ninja/Agents firing at various russian guards and slaughtering them in the thousands. For several minutes... Makes the film quite boring.

Ok, so let's get going on the "plot": A russian scientist, who is working on something that might tip the scale in the russians favour, wants to defect to the western world. But the russians don't want that, obviously, so they send in their agents to try and stop him. But the CIA are allied with the NINJA so, they are up for the task to rescue him at all cost! Yes!

The plot is extremely silly, yet the movie handles it with extreme seriousness. This, of course, grants us some Ed Wood moments, as I have explained. But those few moments are not enough to save this film from boredom, of the action scenes.

I'm not going to review every single aspect of this film, as I use to, as you can imagine: They're all extremely low budget.

Ok, so final verdict: 4. 3 for the Ed Wood moments and 1 for the action! Blerg!

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