American Ninja

1985

Action / Adventure / Romance

32
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 47%
IMDb Rating 5.4 10 11543

Synopsis


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Cast

Michael Dudikoff as Pvt. Joe T. Armstrong
Judie Aronson as Patricia Hickock
Steve James as Cpl. Curtis Jackson
720p.BLU
757.36 MB
1280*720
English
23.976 fps
1hr 35 min
P/S 2 / 25

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by a_chinn 5 / 10

Ridiculous, but ridiculously enjoyable Ninja/Rambo hybrid

Cannon Group Golan-Globus Productions were having great success with their previous ninja films, "Enter the Ninja," "Revenge of the Ninja," and "Ninja III: The Domination," so why not start a new franchise? Michael Dudikoff plays the titular American Ninja, a G.I. on a U.S. Army base in the Philippines. He keeps his ninja skills a secret, even when fellow soldier Steve James challenges him to a fight (don't worry, the two become fast friends after Dudikoff repeatedly flips James and chokes him out), but when Dudikoff uncovers arms dealers colluding with military officials, he is one ninja who's had all he can stands and can't stands n'more. To be clear, this is a terrible film, but if you enjoy campy 1980s ninja films, which I most certainly do, you will enjoy this ridiculous ninja/Rambo hybrid. FUN FACT: Director Sam Firstenberg has said this is one of his two favorite films he's directed, the other being "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo." Personally speaking, I think "Ninja III: The Domination" is his career high point.

Reviewed by Mr-Fusion 6 / 10

It's what lazy Sunday afternoons were made for

This being a Cannon production, I think my problem is I was expecting something like "Revenge of the Ninja". And that's just not being fair. What it does have is Steve James, ably stealing all of his scenes and, well the whole movie to be honest.

There's entertainment here, you just have to work for it. The movie doesn't really get going until the first good fight scene 45 minutes in. And the real ninja fun is kicked to the tail end. It's probably just me, I don't think I was prepared for the Tao of Dudikoff; the scowl, the saunter, it's a heady stew of low-rent charisma.

6/10

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

So Darn Awesome

An American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

If you don't think this is a great movie, you clearly don't understand what 1980s action films were all about. Great acting? Plot? Well, no, we don't have those things. But the cheese is thick here and very much in keeping with the sort of thing we want from Cannon.

Interestingly, this title escaped my notice for a long time despite it having many sequels. I suppose with Arnold, Stallone and Norris dominating the 80s, it makes it hard for others to stand out. But if you want a white ninja (who looks like Dennis from "Always Sunny") this is for you.

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