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Nine Deaths of the Ninja (1985)

Two anti-terrorist agents are assigned to free a busload of American schoolchildren in the Philippines who are taken hostage by terrorists.

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Emmett Alston

Writer:

Emmett Alston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Kosugi ... Spike Shinobi
Brent Huff ... Steve Gordon
Emilia Crow Emilia Crow ... Jennifer Barnes (as Emilia Lesniak)
Blackie Dammett ... Alby the Cruel
Regina Richardson Regina Richardson ... Honey Hump
Vijay Amritraj ... Rankin
Lisa Friedman Lisa Friedman ... Tour Guide
Kane Kosugi ... Kane
Shane Kosugi Shane Kosugi ... Shane
Bruce Fanger Bruce Fanger ... Dr. Wolf
Sonny Erang Sonny Erang ... Rahji
Aiko Cownden Aiko Cownden ... Marisa Lee
Jennifer Crumrine Jennifer Crumrine ... Amanda
Helen McNeely Helen McNeely ... Mrs. Garcia
Protacio Dee ... Feng Fu
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Storyline

A group of drug runners/freedom fighters has kidnapped a busload of tourists in the Philippines and is threatening to kill them all if one of their partners is not released from prison and the government doesn't halt its anti-drug policies. To stop the criminals, a trio of specialist soldiers are called in. Even with all their training, will they be able to stop the terrorists when they begin killing hostages and turning loose their squads of attack midgets? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

The Ninja Master... is now The Ninja Avenger

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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The 1985 UK RCA/Columbia video version was cut by 4 minutes 5 secs by the BBFC to remove all footage of nunchakus and Japanese throwing stars. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kingkoy: Ninja Komisyon (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me High
Music by Cecile Colayco
Lyrics by Jose Javier Reyes
Performed by Ivy Violan
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Where Do We Start?
13 September 2019 | by george-844-384633See all my reviews

I am actually still laughing out loud at this 80's action flick! I had forgotten how ridiculously hilarious it actually was until today..!

The first 10 minutes alone is without a doubt the main cause for most action fans to switch this off with a dreadful staged action-packed opening (please take that with a pinch of salt) and James Bond styled opening credits song, complete with dancing girls and a topless Sho Kosugi dancing with his weapons - Jesus Christ, who came up with this one?!?

The film drags along at a snails pace - thankfully with enough unintentional comedy to keep you entertained - with the introduction of some wild over-the-top villains including a quartet of 'kung fu' (again, please add salt) who are easily defeated by lifting them up and shaking them, or simply by spinning them round and around.

As an action movie, this one falls comfortably in with action flicks such as Naked Gun, Airplane and the earliest James Bond films. It's just embarrassing!

How Sho Kosugi (with all due respect) got to be a huge Asian star in 80's America and Jackie Chan didn't, is beyond me... I'm not saying that the negatives to this film is down to him - that would be the fault of director Emmett Alston - but what a waste of talent. We have seen what Sho can do in other films, and how good he can be, but in this... ugh!

But lets look at it like this - 9 Deaths of the Ninja is a masterpiece IF it was genuinely made as a parody of 80's action films...

But I don't think it was!!

Overall: Pee before watching. May cause uncontrollable bladder problems...


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