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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.

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J.F. Lawton

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Cast

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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perseguido 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,607,652
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To cut down on costs, a majority of the film was shot in Vancouver BC. See more »

Goofs

While Takeda is speaking with Oshima about making a new sword, a Stellar's Jay can be heard in the background. Stellar's Jays are a bird found in North America, and are not found in Japan. See more »

Quotes

Takeda: [last words] I'll be waiting for you in hell.
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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

Referenced in NCIS: Engaged (Part I) (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tokyo Blues
Written and Performed by George Lawton
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For a B-flick, better than you'd think
12 December 2004 | by pclem70See all my reviews

Most of Christopher Lambert's filmography reads like a guide to B-movie hell. I got conned into watching this by a friend years ago, and will be forever grateful. The story is solid, Lambert turns in an almost-acceptable performance, and most of the rest of the cast does well. My favorite thing about the movie is the (by martial arts flick standards) realism. The gaijin does not miraculously learn to swing a sword like a samurai in a matter of weeks, months, or ever. The action sequences are exciting and fairly well-executed (by 1990's b-movie standards, at least), particularly a ninjas vs samuri scene on a Japanese bullet train. Some of the characters have a bit of complexity, there are a few little plot twists, and the character interaction is often believable. They also answer that age-old question "who'd win a fight between a middle-aged ex-athlete with a few months of kendo training and a ninja who's just lost an arm and leg"? (Lamberts's character is a former fencer turned businessman, but that bit's cut out of the home video/DVD version, as is the monologue by Kinjo the ninja, which helps to serve---in part, at least, as an explanation as to why this movie, set in Japan, has almost an entirely Chinese cast). If you're in the mood for an fun, entertaining, semi-intelligent B-action flick, I whole-heartedly recommend this one.

Oddly enough, the writer of "Pretty Woman" wrote and directed this flick, which may explain why my wife liked it, too. Of course, the same guy did a flick called "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death".


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