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Thundering Ninja (1987)

A Ninja Organisation and the C.I.A are fighting each other for the plans for a missile.


Joseph Velasco (as Joseph Kong)


John Barnes




Credited cast:
Bernard Geurts Bernard Geurts
Ken Kerr Ken Kerr
Pedro Massobrio Pedro Massobrio ... (as Pedro Hughes)
Klaus Mutter Klaus Mutter
Joe Redner Joe Redner
Stuart Smith Stuart Smith ... Sydney (as Stuart Steen)
Jimmy Wang Yu ... David Wong


A Ninja Organisation and the C.I.A are fighting each other for the plans for a missile.

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A fiery duel between the American government and a secret Ninja organisation




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The majority of footage here is from the 1977 Jimmy Wang Yu movie, "The Criminal". Scenes with the Caucasian actors playing ninjas were added several years later for this version. See more »

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Buck uses ninjas to get nuclear missiles
28 April 2006 | by rottingcarrotSee all my reviews

This cut and splice crap fest features a few brief ninja battles between painfully long scenes from a boring Wang Yu film from the seventies.

Jimmy Wang Yu is normally a pleasure to watch in such films as return of the one armed swordsman, the Chinese boxer series and master of the flying guillotine to name a few but this movie ( a modern day crime "thriller" ) is just a low budget, low concept snooze fest with boring, uninspired fight scenes. Wang yu was far from a kung fu expert in real life but with the right fight choreographers and actors working with him along with his acting and directing skills Wang Yu was a great action hero. Here Wang yu just looks like some guy who gets in brawls with other guys. In other words the kung fu blows.

But who cares about the filler. The footage you want to see is Stuart smith as some CIA guy or maybe just some jogger (they don't explain it too well) who is trying to destroy the camouflage ninja and his gang of black ninjas who are trying to get the documents for the K 19 nuclear missile for Buck, the leader of the Chinese mafia.

Unfortunately most of the footage with stuart smith is just there to move the plot along and there aren't many ninja fight scenes but a few of the scenes are stuart smith classics. There's this scene thats just a close up shot of smith jogging with weights in his hands and this expression on his face that's supposed to show how hard he's training I guess but he looks like he's experiencing excruciating pain. Another great scene with smith is him training in his red ninja costume and this bird flies by so he cuts its head off and then poses with this look of great accomplishment on his face.

The actual ninja fight scenes with smiths red ninja body double are actually really good. Nice sword play. Smith even does a couple action sequences himself that are a breath of fresh air after the boring wang yu fight scenes.

Anyway this is worth watching if you have a high tolerance or a love for totally inept film-making. If you rent this expecting a legitimate action movie I pity you. You'd be better off watching Snake eater 2.

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16 July 1987 (West Germany) See more »

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Hong Kong, China

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