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Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 17 January 1997 (USA)
2:10 | Trailer
A man tries to rescue a woman with a little help from his half brother.


Dennis Dugan


Mark Feldberg, Mitchell Klebanoff (as Mitch Klebanoff)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Farley ... Haru
Nicollette Sheridan ... Allison Page / Sally Jones
Robin Shou ... Gobei
Nathaniel Parker ... Martin Tanley
Soon-Tek Oh ... Sensei
Keith Cooke ... Nobu (as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi)
Chris Rock ... Joey
François Chau ... Izumo
Dale Ishimoto ... Old Japanese Man
Daming Chen Daming Chen ... Head Kobudosai
Burt Bulos ... Mr. Ozaru
Curtis Blanck Curtis Blanck ... Billy
Tom Bailey Tom Bailey ... Billy's Dad
Jason Tobin ... Busboy (as Jason J. Tobin)
Richard Kline ... Driver


Following a ship wreck, a baby is rescued by a clan of Ninja warriors and raised by them as one of their own. But Haru (Chris Farley), as he is called, never quite fits in, nor does he manage to make a worthy Ninja. However, the good-natured and persevering Haru, in his own bumbling way, and with some help from Gobei (Robin Shou), manages to prove himself to be a winner in the end. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He puts the Mortal back in Kombat See more »


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex related humor, martial arts violence and a humerous drug related scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


This movie has multiple connections to the Mortal Kombat film franchise: -Robin Shou (Gobei) portrayed Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat (1995) and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). -Keith Cooke (Nobu) portrayed Reptile in Mortal Kombat (1995) and Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). -Both this and the Mortal Kombat movies featured music composed by George S. Clinton. -Even the trailer features a voice-over tagline of "they put the Mortal back in Kombat". See more »


After Haru and Allison leave the restaurant they return to the Hotel. Haru takes his shoes off and is wearing black socks. In the next shot they enter his hotel room and he has white socks on. See more »


Haru: Holy shinto!
[Japanese style]
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Alternate Versions

The British Board of Film Classification removed 16s of nunchaku footage for the UK release. See more »


Featured in 1997 MTV Movie Awards (1997) See more »


Kung Fu Fighting
Written by Carl Douglas
Performed by Carl Douglas
Courtesy of Schacht Musik
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User Reviews

Love you, Chris Farley!
28 April 2011 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

The Late Chris Farley, is the main reason why you should watch 'Beverly Hills Ninja'. Farley's films have always been comedies. Right from the cult-classic 'Tommy boy, to 'Black sheep', 'Almost Heroes' and 'Beverly Hills Ninja'. And in all those films, he has excelled.

'Beverly Hills Ninja' tells the story of Haru, played by Farley, who was found by a clan of ninjas as an infant in an abandoned treasure chest and was raised by them. He never quite conforms to their culture and never acquires the skills of a ninja, but is nonetheless good-natured and persevering in his personal ambitions. His first mission brings him to Beverly Hills to investigate a recent murder.

Now, if your a person who only enjoys 'Intelligent' & 'Real' Cinema, I'd say, Do Not watch this comedy. It's not meant for you. But for those, who admire comedy to the fullest, should not miss this. Sure, some jokes are kiddish, but some jokes, especially towards the finale, manage to bring in laughs.

Dennis Dugan has the directed the film fairly. Acting wise: It's Farley who really owns the film. He excels and comes across as cute and soft. If Farley lived more, I am sure, he would have gone a legend.

Miss you Farley!

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Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,220,920, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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