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The Hunted (1995)

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A New Yorker on business in Nagoya meets a lady in the hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him. He sees the ninja boss' face. Ninjas try to kill him again but new samurai friends help, hide and train him.

Director:

J.F. Lawton

Writer:

J.F. Lawton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Paul Racine
John Lone ... Kinjo
Joan Chen ... Kirina
Yoshio Harada ... Takeda Sensei
Yôko Shimada ... Mieko Takeda
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Junko
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Oshima
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Lt. Wadakura
Tatsuya Irie Tatsuya Irie ... Hiryu
Michael Warren ... Chase
Bart Anderson Bart Anderson ... John
James Saito ... Nemura
Seth Sakai ... Dr. Otozo Yamura
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Ryuma
Ken Kensei ... Sujin
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Storyline

Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody ninja violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The swords used by the Makato are known as Ninjato or Shinobigatana. It is widely debated by practitioners of Ninjitsu and Japanese historians if the swords were even used during the history of the Ninja, as there is little to no documentation or relics from the era. The first known and documented appearance of these swords was in Japan in 1964 when the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in Iga-Ueno, Japan was established, and where replicas of these swords were first displayed and remain to this day. That same year, the swords appeared in "Shinobi no Mono Kirigakure Saizo" and "Shinobi no Mono Zoku Kirigakure Saizo", the 4th and 5th entries in the famed Japanese period ninja movie series "Shinobi no Mono", released in theaters in Japan. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the final ninja/samurai battle, Kinjo is seen drawing a sword from a scabbard on his back. Over the course of the fight, the scabbard disappears, reappears with another sword in it, then disappears again. See more »

Quotes

Racine: We were just killing time.
Takeda: Time does not die; only people.
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Crazy Credits

Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
  • Daidoji Yuzan
16th century See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1996 UK video version was cut by 12 secs to remove all footage of Japanese throwing stars. The cuts were waived in 2001. See more »

Connections

References Highlander (1986) See more »

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I Like Cowboy Boots
Written and Performed by George Lawton
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How far can a code of honor go?
19 February 1999 | by alteaSee all my reviews

"The Hunted" is one of those movies that tries to give you an insight in the Japanese code of honor. So when a western business-man, a witness in the murder of a call-girl, becomes the hunted, the question arise "How far can a code of honor go?". What struck me in this movie is the excellent use of the Japanese scenery i.c. Tokyo, the bullit-trains, the temples, the ninja way of life...The score is by the heart beat drummers Kodo. A great action packed movie with a lot of tension in a very beautiful package! Don't lose your head!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunted See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,495, 26 February 1995

Gross USA:

$6,609,661

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,609,661
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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