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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 ... 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

Ernie Reyes, Jr. actually holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do. See more »

Goofs

After they cut surfboards out of the trees and begin surfing on them, one of them is using an ankle cuff, attaching the surfer to the surfboard. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: [a remaining bad guy is crawling up stairs of the temple] Newsflash: Your Side Lost!
[Bad guy stops crawling up, and falls down the large amount of stairs of the temple]
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Surf Ninjas (2008) See more »

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Barbara Ann
Written by Fred Fassert
Performed by The Beach Boys
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Saving face for Surf Ninjas
12 November 2002 | by cwtrexSee all my reviews

I believe that a lot of people do not understand how to criticize on a film. People are supposed to grade it for what it is, not for what the actors are doing now, not for how it should have been compared to what it is, and certainly not for the TYPE of film that it is.

Surf Ninjas is a feel good movie that is targeted for kids. Granted I am over 18 and I still love the movie (but I'm also into surfing and martial arts so the film is right up my ally).

Granted that the film could have been put together when compared to films of today. But you must understand that the film was low budget. This wasn't made by a director who could throw away money. This film was made by someone who had an idea and who barely had the capabilities and extensive training ... not to mention the lack of funds for any really cool computer generated effects.

If you grade the movie on what it is (a kid movie) and you understand what kind of budget they had to work with ... you have to give the movie at least a 8 out of 10 stars, even if you don't like martial arts or Rob Schneider!

Personally, I rate it 10 out of 10. If you haven't seen it, and are having doubts, at least go give it a try to see what YOU think. Don't read any more from these silly critics. I bet you'll enjoy the film in full.


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