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Cyber Ninja (1988)

Mirai Ninja: Keiun Kinin Gaiden (original title)
In a futuristic version of medieval Japan, a band of swordsmen battles an evil warlord and his mechanical army of ninjas, and are aided by a mysterious heroic cyborg ninja, Shiranui.

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Keita Amemiya

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Satoshi Kitahara (original story), Satoshi Kitahara (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanbei Kawai Hanbei Kawai ... Akagi
Kunihiko Ida Kunihiko Ida ... Jiromaru (as Hiroki Ida)
Eri Morishita Eri Morishita ... Princess Saki
Makoto Yokoyama Makoto Yokoyama ... Shiranui
Satoshi Itô Satoshi Itô ... Hiyukaku / voice of Shiranui
Fuyukichi Maki Fuyukichi Maki ... Kajiwara Sandayu
Masaaki Emori Masaaki Emori ... Kurosagi Shikigami
Shôhei Yamamoto Shôhei Yamamoto ... Raimei Hoshi
Mizuho Yoshida Mizuho Yoshida ... Shoki
Hiroaki Mita Hiroaki Mita ... Shoki (voice)
Hideki Sasaki Hideki Sasaki ... Ninja-Roid (voice)
Chikara Aragaki Chikara Aragaki ... Young Warrior
Kiichirou Tai Kiichirou Tai ... Young Warrior
Hajime Iwasaki Hajime Iwasaki ... Young Warrior
Satou Anada Satou Anada ... Young Warrior
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A man's body and soul are stolen and used as part of a demon castle. What's left becomes Cyber Ninja. He teams up with the chi students whose cyber-earmuffs show matching red symbols. They fill their swords with ammunition, grab some neo-retro-cyber-antique guns and attack the demon robot expendable ninja squad. Each fight is won by whichever side uses more gratuitous special effects. They slay the Tron-like hover droids, who are destroyed in their shame. There's a showdown with a white-armored guy with dreadlocks, who is later reincarnated by the eclipse and a lot of multicolored lightning. After killing the make-up wearing effeminate spider person, the chi school fires a giant gun at the demon castle spider cyber robot. It blows up. Written by <pyre@iastate.edu>_&_blank@iastate.edu>>>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

May 1988 (France) See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Film debut of Kaiju suit actor Mizuho Yoshida See more »

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Reminiscent of "Star Wars," my butt
14 October 2002 | by craigjclarkSee all my reviews

Ahh, "Cyber Ninja," where to begin with you?

I got to see this movie at a gaming convention during a weekend-long program wherein a group of people in lab coats showed B-movies to test subjects and then monitored them, keeping track of who said the most funny comments during the movies. Sound familiar? If you're a fan of MST3K, it should. And if you can track down a copy of this movie, you'll probably be able to come up with as many riffs as I did.

I realize I haven't said anything about the movie yet, but that's just as well. The more you discover for yourself as you watch, the more brazen and outlandish the whole thing becomes. Suffice to say, it's a Japanese rip-off of "Star Wars" with "Power Rangers"-type villains and some of the silliest-looking ninja I've ever seen in my life. (Once you see how the mecha-ninja get around, you'll know what I'm talking about.)

Calling this movie "reminiscent of 'Star Wars'" -- as somebody did in the blurb on the front of the box -- is amusing since it's set in a quasi-futuristic feudal Japan (with laser guns and sword battles existing side-by-side), and "Star Wars" itself is "reminiscent" of Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress" (i.e. Lucas stole characters and plot points wholesale from it). Does that make this a second generation rip-off? Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I think it does.


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