3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994)
Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum return in this action-comedy filmed in Japan, the sequel to the 1992 Disney film "3 Ninjas." This time the three young Japanese-American boys have two things to accomplish: they must help their grandfather/ninja master return a sacred dagger to a karate tourney in Japan, and they must be back in L.A. in time to win their baseball team's play-off game. The ceremonial dagger is the key to an ancient Japanese treasure hidden in labyrinthine caves beneath a temple. It is desired by Grandfather's ancient rival the evil Koga who sends two henchmen to the States to get it. The two are totally klutzy and fail miserably. Grandpa goes to Japan first, and the boys soon follow. There they encounter a pretty girl with exceptional martial arts skills. She educates them in matters Japanese, and also finds herself involved in protecting the dagger. The film's climax involves a chase and time spent in an ancient cavern. Justice is served, the boys play baseball, and children on either side of the Pacific learn they are indeed similar. … More
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Critic Reviews for 3 Ninjas Kick Back
3 Ninjas was a surprising box-office hit with the Saturday matinee family crowd, earning the highest cost-to-profit ratio of that year and instantly mandating this all-too-unnecessary sequel.
Fantasy is one thing. 3 Ninjas Kick Back is something else entirely: junk food laced with testosterone.
Clearly made with an eye on the international market, this movie is set for the most part in Japan, shrewdly adding a female ninja to the three boys, thus broadening the potential demographics.
Instead of exalting physical grace and virtuosity, this film's slapdash action sequences resort repeatedly to the old trick of accelerating the action to the speed of a silent-film chase.
Who was this movie made for? Not for me, that's sure, but I have a hunch younger kids will find it satisfying.
Worse than the first one. These kids are no Spy Kids.
Even worse than the original ... which was pretty dire to begin with.
If this first sequel is any indication, however, the 3 Ninjas franchise has already run out of steam.
Audience Reviews for 3 Ninjas Kick Back
First sequel to 3 Ninjas offers nothing new to the series except a lot more pointless and awful entertainment. This film does nothing to be effective entertainment and is a very forgettable film. The performances are wooden, and uninteresting, and overall it fails to really entertain, and offer the viewer something thrilling to watch. As a family film, this sequel like the first film offers nothing good. The script is horrible; the cast is bad and the directing awful. 3 Ninjas Kick Back is one of the worst family films that you can watch, and it makes you wonder why they even made this trash in the first place if the first film was just as bad. This sequel is nothing new, it possesses a clichéd formula that we've seen in the firs at film, and it's clear that it doesn't work. Maybe kids will enjoy this, but as someone who grew up when these films were made, I look back at these films as trash, uninspired filmmaking that doesn't work, and it simply fails to be effective, memorable entertainment. This film is pointless, the story is just not interesting and ultimately it fails to be fun. The film is far too silly to be fun, and entertaining. The only thing that you can do with this film is forget about it. This is poorly constructed entertainment and it doesn't work. Don't expect a good family film with this one, as you'll be disappointed.More
Oh, goodness not another 3 ninjas movie. This series was just trying to make a Karate Kid copy cat, but with cuter kids. My little brother made me watch them all with him!More
More kid-pleasing entertainment has our three youthful heroes forced to choose between playing in a championship baseball game and accompanying their all-wise grandfather to Japan for a martial arts tournament. It's The Karate Kid, The Three Stooges, The Bad News Bears, and Indiana Jones all crammed into one fast-paced movie that works surprisingly well.More
Just saw this the other day, it had been since the 90's since the last time I watched it. I remembered it being an epic journey going to Japan and all, but this shit was hard to watch cuz it was so bad, I mean the first one was like an Oscar performance compared to this dicksuck.More
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