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Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

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

Director:

Dennis Dugan

Writers:

Mark Feldberg, Mitchell Klebanoff (as Mitch Klebanoff)
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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, 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, manages to prove himself to be a winner in the end. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Kung fool! See more »

Genres:

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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le ninja de Beverly Hills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,220,920, 20 January 1997

Gross USA:

$31,235,710, 15 June 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,639,029, 31 December 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of Chris Farley's final movie roles before his death on December 18th 1997. See more »

Goofs

Gobei lassos the guard dog when Haru sneaks onto Tanley's estate. The dog later reappears still lassoed, but on the end of a different rope on a different part of the mansion. See more »

Quotes

Haru: Do not worry. A ninja knows when he is in danger.
[Tanley and his men fire machine guns at them]
Haru: Now we are in danger. We are really in danger.
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Alternate Versions

An addition scene set in an antique shop was shown on TBS. In it Haru finds the only other copy of the scroll he destroyed in Japan and accidentally burns it, as well as trashing the antique shop. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Give Me All Your Lovin'
Written by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard
Performed by ZZ Top
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Gets Better Every Time I See It.
17 May 2002 | by MrBarkSee all my reviews

Please forgive the length of this first paragraph, but it is needed to explain my opinion of this film. I never saw this film in the theater; it looked a little silly to me. One day a few months later it came on pay-per-view. Due to a technical glitch the cable company unscrambled the pay-per-view channels all day long. It also happened to be raining and generally miserable out, so my buddies and I decided to watch this movie. We had three pay-per-view channels, and one of the channels showed a single movie all day long. Guess which movie it was.

The first time we watched it, we thought it was goofy, even stupid, and didn't really care for it. However like many teens, we mindlessly watched it again . . . and again . . . and again. We watched this film all day. "Why?" you ask; because it truly gets better every time you watch it.

I think the reason is because this is a stupid film, and when you first watch it, you're too smart for it. Eventually though the IQ points seep out of your head, and you're able to fully enjoy this great movie.

The bottom line: Watch this film at least 5 times, not necessarily back-to-back but it helps. It will grow on you. Even if you don't like Farley, watch this film for Chris Rock. Rock's performance is perfect, despite being too small of a role. Farley's performance is perfect as the bumbling but good-hearted "Great White Ninja." Even the chicken's performance is perfect. If you find the concept of a fat, white ninja involved in an Asian gang war mildly provocative, check your brain at the door and enjoy.


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