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Mafia vs. Ninja (1985)

Hong men jue e zhe (original title)
Sewage workers Jack and Charlie get involved in an international Asian gang war when Jack helps the boss of a Shanghai gang against one of his rebellious underlings. This underling then ... See full summary »


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Robert Tai (story), Bing Tao (as Evia Tao)


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Credited cast:
Alexander Rei Lo ... Jack Do
Philip So Philip So ... Charlie Wu (as Feng Su)
Hsueh-Erh Hu Hsueh-Erh Hu ... Hikari (as Sliver How)
Hsieh Wang ... William Chung (as Charles Wong)
Chi-Sheng Wang ... Tong Mao
Silvio Azolini Silvio Azolini ... Nemo
Eugene Thomas Eugene Thomas ... Mr. Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kuo Chung Ching ... Fuji, Samurai Assassin
Allen Hai-Han Lan Allen Hai-Han Lan ... (as Alan Han)
Chiba Kenichi Chiba Kenichi
Pier Nadoti Pier Nadoti
Robert Tai ... Henchman
Lung Tong Lung Tong ... Japanese mafia boss
Te Sheng Wang Te Sheng Wang ... Tong Mao's Buddy
Chin-Bao Yu Chin-Bao Yu


Sewage workers Jack and Charlie get involved in an international Asian gang war when Jack helps the boss of a Shanghai gang against one of his rebellious underlings. This underling then strikes a deal with the Japanese Yakuza in the hopes of toppling his boss and become the leader of Shanghai himself. When the Yakuza assassinate the Shanghai boss, Jack pledges to avenge his new friend's death. As he seeks out those ultimately responsible, he does battle with a variety of ninjas and mercenaries from around the world. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Mob finally meets its match!


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Release Date:

31 October 1985 (West Germany) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Obvious double in place of Memo (the knife thrower) doing various stunts. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Doe: My friend, what are you doing?
Charlie Woo: Ya wanna know? I'm gonna kill ya, bastard!
[they fight]
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Chang Cen Che is credited as "Sponser" (sic). See more »

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A ninja movie for anyone that enjoys a bad movie...
6 August 2000 | by Aka1-2See all my reviews

Usually there are those who enjoy bad horror movies and those that enjoy bad kung-fu movies and few movies can be enjoyed by both, but Mafia vs. Ninja is immensely watchable (and laughable) even if you are amongst those that believe America has enough trash without foolish video distributors importing more. The movie is so great because it takes the usual elements of the chop-suey genre and and makes them worse. For instance, the almost required anti-Japanese racism is present (the Chinese mafia are the good guys you see, sure they extort and allow gambling and prostitution, but they draw the line at opium unlike those godless Japanese mafia guys). But not only do we get the anti-Japanese racism, we are treated to special bonus stereo-types in the form of a special all bad guy assassination team , including a black man (guess what kind of hair he has) and an Italian (guess where he has a scar?). The movie's verve extends to the action where the normally unbelievable fight scenes are made even more so via film-reversals, insane editing, and (I kid you not) wires on jumping fighters and thrown knives. Then there are the contrived plot devices, I must admit my favorite part of the movie. Sure, other chop-suey movies might give you exploding fruit baskets (this one does), but can they claim to feature a hero who beats someone with a tree? Lots of flicks feature invisible ninjas... but what about ninjas that literally turn into bushes? I thought not. Mafia vs. Ninja could never be mistaken for a good movie, but it is a kind of bad that doesn't take someone versed in ninja films to laugh at or enjoy. And for God's sake people the American video release features a man with the name of Poon Hung prominently in the credits. I personally can't think of a better reason to see a film. (-3 stars out of - 5).

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