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Lethal Ninja (1992)

An American ninja's wife is held hostage by a sadistic Nazi chemist on an Asian island. He teams up with an African-American ninja to rescue her.


Yossi Wein (as Joseph Wein)


Chris Dresser (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross Kettle ... Joe Ford
Norman Coombes Norman Coombes ... Kray
David Webb David Webb ... Pete Brannigan
Karyn Hill Karyn Hill ... Dominique Ford
Kimberleigh Stark Kimberleigh Stark ... Farida
Frank Notaro Frank Notaro ... Omar Osman
Ken Gampu ... Ndumo
Len Sparrowhawk Len Sparrowhawk ... Dr. Johannsen
Douglas Bristow Douglas Bristow ... Mac
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... African President
Paul Flanders Paul Flanders ... Kray's Bodyguard 1
Chris Olley Chris Olley ... Kray's Bodyguard 2 (as Chris Ollie)
Neville Strydom Neville Strydom ... Omar's Bodyguard 1
Ricky Wainstein Ricky Wainstein ... Omar's Bodyguard 2
Ernest Hlabana Ernest Hlabana ... Customs Man


An American ninja's wife is held hostage by a sadistic Nazi chemist on an Asian island. He teams up with an African-American ninja to rescue her.

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Confronted by an evil force...this time the fight is personal...to save the woman he loves. See more »


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

8 May 1992 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

American Ninja 5: The Nostradamus Syndrome See more »

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Millennium Films See more »
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Written by Harriet Meyer
Music by Gus Galbraith
Performed by Kathy-Jo Ross (as Kathy Jo Ross)
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defines 'insane action movie'
12 June 2001 | by plantostickthatSee all my reviews

Yes, you read it right, this defines insane action movies, not because of the huge amount of action, but because it's completely insane. If you are a regular viewer of the bottom 100 (which you must be to look at a movie like this) then you would have seen 'US Seals' on the least, at its worst the number 1 bottom movie. Now just think about that. How is it possible for somebody to make a movie which is worse than EVERYTHING. Think of the worst, most painful movie you've ever seen. These people have made a movie worse than that. And why is this relevant, you may ask?

Because the same team made lethal ninja. Except lethal ninja was a lot earlier, and a LOT worse. In fact, it's possibly the lowest quality movie i have ever seen, and i watch bad movies on purpose. However, it is also one of the most hilariously atrocious movies you will ever see. The makers seemed determined to throw in every crappy cliche they possibly could, so the dialogue is completely inane. It goes along like this:

Woman: What are you doing? Man(dangerously): Don't mock me you bitch.

You will find gems like these scattered (actually, the movie is drenched in them) throughout the movie. Now, on to the story.

I've watched it twice recently, but i still haven't managed to pick up the story. Thats not because of me, it's because it has the most glaringly obvious plot holes EVER. The story is something about some woman and her crew finding poisoned water in africa. Then boom, no explanation, ninjas are there slaughtering everybody (serious. Their swords even bounce off people. I thought they were sharp...). Then she is taken hostage by somebody in a hotel in south africa (She chooses just to wait there rather than escape). Her husband, the american yoga guy, hears about his, grabs his mate, and off they fly to south africa against the warning of this government guy. They just happen to stay at the same hotel as his wife (coincidence of course) and then the fun kicks in.

Because, you see, Lethal ninja is absoloutely insane. The first flaw is that the main guy is not even a ninja. I think they should have called 'Lethal Redneck'. Anyway, I'll give you a rundown of some of the flaws and stupidities. When they arrive in south africa, they are carrying machine guns, pistols and bazookas. The customs man asks them 'do you have any firearms' and they say 'just crossbows'. And then, faced with these 2 huge and obviuosly dangerous men, the man LETS THEM WALK THROUGH WITHOUT CHECKING FOR WEAPONS!!! When they get to the hotel, they know nobody, so naturally they just pick up the phone and dial a random number and ask 'wheres my wife'. Theres a tip for hostage situations. If your wife has been kidnapped, pick up the phone, make up a number, and then dial for instant success. Anyway, there are too many flaws, but you will see them standing in the desert or something, and then one of them will say:

'hey, we better check out that old fort'

And off they go. It seems that the script was improvised as they went along, because anybody could come up with a reason for looking at the old fort, but they DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT EXISTED!!!

Anyway, i grow tired of this. All in all if you're looking for one of the stupidest and funniest movies, rent this. And watch for the dance and musical number which i swear the director choreographed himself. You thought Aaron carter was bad? Wait till you hear and see this!

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