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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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Master of disaster. 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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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Farley's name in the movie, Haru, means "Spring" in Japanese. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Haru: [Joey is chasing a chicken] Keep practicing, Joey, and someday you will choke that chicken.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in I Love the '90s: Part Deux (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Too Sexy
Written by Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli (as Rod Manzoli)
Performed by Right Said Fred
Courtesy of Charisma Records America, Inc. / Gut Reaction, Ltd.
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Enter The Moron (this is a good review)
11 October 2002 | by sittlerSee all my reviews

It's hard for me to review this movie without prejudice because to me, Chris Farley is the funniest person I have ever seen. Even though my adoration of the late comedian precludes me from giving a impartial rating of this movie, I can at least admit that this isn't one of his best efforts (I still loved this movie, it's just not my favourite Farley flick). Nevertheless, I'm going to take the easy way out and say: Come on, take it for what it is, a Chris Farley movie.

Farley plays Haru, an orphan adopted at birth by a clan of ninjas. He is raised under the pretenses that he is the Great White Ninja. Needless to say, his development is much anticipated by his teachers . Unfortunately, to the dismay of everyone, he grows up to be overweight and klutzy. While the ninja graduates are out celebrating, Haru finds himself alone at the retreat when a mysterious woman (Nicollette Sheridan) enters looking for help. Believing Haru to be a ninja, she hires him to spy on her boyfriend, an assignment he accepts with great enthusiasm. Hot on the boyfriend's trail, Haru witnesses a murder and eventually ends up in Beverly Hills. Surviving on dumb luck and a designated guardian ninja, Haru never gives up on his task.

Like I said before, this isn't Farley's greatest contribution to his comedic resume. But make no mistake, this is a funny movie. Farley's bread and butter is his propensity to bumble and stumble in any given situation - walking into poles, falling down stairs, crushing coffee tables, etc. Since his character is expected to be agile and sleek, the comedy in "Beverly Hills Ninja" is that much funnier. The exact same formula worked for Farley's SNL character Barney, the Chippendale's hopeful.

Many critics felt that, by this time, Farley was a one-trick-pony whose act had nothing more to offer than jokes involving head and groin injuries. Perhaps his choice in films were poor but to don't deny him the recognition of his talent is unfair. Watch the movie and you'll see Farley display all the qualities of a great comedian: intelligence, timing, pathos. He was a tremendous talent and I will miss him very much.


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