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Surf Ninjas (1993)

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Two boys learn from a mysterious warrior that they are the heirs to the throne of Patusan and set out to overthrow the current monarchy.

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Neal Israel

Writer:

Dan Gordon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Reyes Sr. Ernie Reyes Sr. ... Zatch
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Johnny
Nicolas Cowan Nicolas Cowan ... Adam
John Karlen ... Mac
Rob Schneider ... Iggy
Oliver Mills Oliver Mills ... Moto Surfer
Jonathan Schmock Jonathan Schmock ... School Cop
Neal Israel Neal Israel ... Mr. Dunbar
Vladimir Parra Vladimir Parra ... Back-up Singer #1
Brandon Karrer Brandon Karrer ... Back-up Singer #2
Dathon Aragon Dathon Aragon ... Back-up Singer#3 (as Dathan Aragon)
Phillip Bayless Phillip Bayless ... Back-up Singer #4
Philip Tan ... Captain Ming
Keone Young ... Baba Ram
Romy Windsor ... Miss Robertson
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Storyline

Brothers Johnny, an adolescent surf talent, and Adam, a preadolescent video-game addict, grow up care-free in California as adopted sons of Marines veteran Mac, inseparable friends of wacky local lout Iggy. Colonel Chi's military reign of terror culminates in their tiny birth-land, island state Patu San, off the Viet Nam coast. Former royal guards officer Zatch comes to summon the brothers to return and restore the pacific monarchy, because they are the sons of the murdered king, whom Mac took in exile for safety. They are joined on the adventurous journey by a bored Californian police detective whose attention was drawn by the ninja team that failed, thanks to Zatch, to murder the brothers in Mac's home. Written by KGF Vissers

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Surf's up! Time to save the world!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comic martial arts action and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Surf Warriors See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiang Mai, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,916,135
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was shot in five weeks. See more »

Goofs

Adam is playing the "Surf Ninjas" game on game gear but when they show the game gear, sometimes no game is in it or "Columns" another game is visible in the cartridge slot. See more »

Quotes

Adam: I see you leading thousands victoriously into battle.
Zatch: Really?
Adam: What's this? You're wearing a dress!
Zatch: What's this?
Adam: Psych!
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Soundtracks

Barbara Ann
Written by Fred Fassert
Performed by The Beach Boys
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A Funny Buddy Movie!
27 February 2001 | by consortpinguinSee all my reviews

If you liked "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Wayne's World," you would like "Surf Ninjas." It didn't get very good reviews, because the reviewers were expecting logic. No, this movie is as zany as the other aforementioned buddy movies, and just as unpredictable.

Two Asian-American brothers, Johnny and Adam along with their crazy sidekick Iggy are living a good life surfing and studying as little as possible in a California coastal town. They are drawn into an adventure when suddenly ninjas start appearing and try to assisinate the two brothers.

Through a series of events the brothers learn they are princes back in their long-lost homeland and must make a journey to help liberate their country from an evil dictator played by Leslie Nielsen.

Their adventures along the way are a riot, especially with the big-talking Iggy who always seems to be waxing his board rather than actually surfing. There are a few scenes along the way when the brothers must defeat groups of Ninjas who mysteriously appear at the worst times. Tone-Loc also joins them as the Police detective assigned to the case. Johnny is very surprised to meet his "intended," Princess Ro-May played by the lovely Kelly Hu, who also makes the journey.

The photography of their beautiful but mysterious homeland was actually worth seeing on the big screen, with the ocean, the mountains, the jungles, and even an ancient temple. I believe it was filmed in Thailand. To invade the evil empire, the small band led by Johnny surfs into the beach.

If you want a logical movie, Maybe "Titanic" would do. But for an absolutely crazy buddy movie, "Surf Ninjas" will get you laughing.


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