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Ninja Phantom Heroes (1987)

R | | Action | 1987 (Hong Kong)
A ninja prisoner at a hard labour camp is released when he agrees to accept a mission to take down a criminal organization.


Godfrey Ho (as Bruce Lambert)


Godfrey Ho (screenplay) (as Duncean Bauer), Sally Nichols (dialogue) (as Sally Nicholls)




Credited cast:
Danny Raisebeck Danny Raisebeck ... (as Joff Houston)
John Wilford John Wilford
Christine Wells Christine Wells
Glen Carson Glen Carson
George Dickson George Dickson
Allen Leung Allen Leung
Dennis Shek Dennis Shek
Dinny Yip Dinny Yip
Bob Cheng Bob Cheng
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kent Cheng ... (archive footage)
Lun Chia ... (archive footage)
Hoi-San Kwan ... (archive footage)
Chin-Lai Sung ... (archive footage) (as Gam Shing Sung)


A ninja prisoner at a hard labour camp is released when he agrees to accept a mission to take down a criminal organization.

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What you can't see... will kill you!




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Hong Kong



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1987 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Ninja Empire See more »

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For Hardcore Bad Ninja Movie Fans Only
26 August 2010 | by rcoates-661-22249See all my reviews

There are more outrageously entertaining Godfrey Ho movies than Ninja Phantom Heroes, but those who have come to appreciate the man's unique vision will find more of the same to enjoy here. Mostly cobbled from a Chinese gangster potboiler, the movie's actual ninja to non-ninja screen time ratio is pretty paltry. Even the somewhat dull segments have a usually unintentional charm, however, with more than enough silly dubbing and odd dialog to keep bad movie warriors watching.

Among the highlights are a brief fight between a drunk white guy and three goofy Chinese guys; a guy throwing a cup of tea in his own face; any scene involving the characters "Baldy" and "Fatty"; gratuitous evil Chinese gangster chuckling; stick-wielding motorcyclists attacking a car; revenge accompanied by the line "You dirty rat"; and, of course, the obligatory disappear-and-go-poof ninja henchmen.

Potential victims, I mean viewers, should be aware that the version of this movie available as part of Mill Creek's Ninja Assassins 10-pack, confusingly retitled Ninja Empire (also the title of a different Godfrey Ho movie), is only 78 minutes long, whereas another version apparently runs 90 minutes. Frankly, though, since most people will be glad when it's over, it probably doesn't even matter.

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