9 Deaths of the Ninja (1985)





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Meant to be a parody of the martial arts genre, this weakly plotted story centers around a kidnapping in Manila engineered by two terrorists to obtain the release of a political prisoner in the Middle East. In order to save the busload of tourists that are being held hostage, the U.S. Embassy summons three international agents: Spike Shinobi (Sho Kasugi) who, inspired by Kojak (Telly Savalas' TV detective), puts a lollipop in his mouth in-between fights, Steven Gordon (Brent Huff), and Jennifer Barnes (Emilia Lesniak). The trio are up against the deranged German Alby the Cruel (Blackie Dammett) and the sadistic lesbian Honey Hump (Regina Richardson), the terrorists holding the tourists. Wild exaggeration in-between the karate action is meant to bring humor to the proceedings.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Shô Kosugi
as Spike Shinobi
Brent Huff
as Steve Gordon
Emilia Lesniak
as Jennifer Barnes
Blackie Dammett
as Alby the Cruel
Regina Richardson
as Honey Hump
Lisa Friedman
as Tour Guide
Bruce Fanger
as Dr. Wolf
Sonny Erang
as Rahji
Aiko Cownden
as Marisa Lee
Helen McNeely
as Mrs. Garcia
Joji Nagai
as Dr. Yamada
Judy Blye
as Woo Wee
Emebet Aigaz
as Bus Passenger
Ken Watanabe
as Sensei
Des Ayallew
as Bus Passenger
James Crumrine
as Bus Passenger
Leah Navarro
as Museum Assassin
Ric Segreto
as P.C. Trooper
Ron Milhench
as Perkins
Jacques Gervais
as Congressman Morrison
Nancy Keaton
as Bus Passenger
Warren McLean
as Slanker
Sam Lombardo
as Bus Passenger
Susan Meyer
as Bus Passenger
Victor Ordoñez
as Maj. Quirino
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September 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for 9 Deaths of the Ninja

One of the most outrageously awful movies I have ever seen, in a "totally worth your time" kind of way.

Alan Van Dyke
Alan Van Dyke

After making the highly enjoyable Ninja trilogy for Cannon films (which includes "Enter the Ninja", "Revenge of the Ninja" and "Ninja III: The Domination"), Cannon and star Sho Kosugi parted ways as apparently Cannon had enough exploiting the Ninja craze they helped create in the early 1980s (though they would later return with the "American Ninja" series). Kosugi, however, was not and went on his own to produce a number of Ninja films without the Cannon banner. Did they live up to the endless entertainment value of his previous Ninja trilogy? Well.... Well Kosugi plays.... what else... a ninja. He is one of three members of an inept rescue force that is sent down to the Philippines to rescue some hostages taken by a psychotic invalid Nazi and his army of lesbian women. No, I am not making this shit up. Kosugi and director Emmett Alston actually play this film as a tongue-in-cheek spoof of the Ninja film genre and to be honest I didn't dig this approach. I preferred the unintentional hilarity of Kosugi's Ninja trilogy as they took themselves seriously. I found this tongue-in-cheek approach to be, well, rather doltish. Instead of making me laugh, like they tried to, it made me cringe with horror at the moronic antics the film displayed. The filmmakers throw everything in but the kitchen sink to see what sticks. We get a lesbian army, a Neanderthal man who can stop bullets with his hand and a crazed Nazi invalid who looks like a cross between Dr. Strangelove and David Cross's character from "Scary Movie 2". Hell we even get ninja midgets thrown into the mix! I however did enjoy the immensely cheesy opening titles sequence obviously influenced by James Bond with Kosugi training with his sword around women dancing. It has to be seen to be believed! Despite the films moronic approach and cheap production values there is no denying Kosugi's fantastic martial arts skills. Even with his massive amounts of eyeliner (that surprisingly doesn't get washed off when training under waterfalls) he still has a captivating screen presence which can make even his worst Ninja films at least watchable. Instead of unintentional laughs I got a moronic spoof of the ninja film genre and it just ends up coming out puerile. The golden rule is as long as Ninja films play it straight, they're funny but when they try to play if for laughs, they're annoying and "9 Deaths of the Ninja" is annoying. I can't say I didn't' get some enjoyment out of it, just not near to the extent of Kosugi's much more gratifying Ninja trilogy. So in final words did "9 Deaths of the Ninja" prove that Kosugi on his own could make just as 'good' Ninja films he did under the Cannon banner? Well that's a big fat NO and I recommend viewers wanting to see what Sho Kosugi has to offer to start with his Cannon outings first.

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

I love this movie. It is so bad, that's is good. It's over the top in its depiction Asian mysticism and martial arts. The whole movie screams cheap, but that is part of the charm. It has guns, ninjas, a nazi, and a ferocious lesbian. Not to mention martial art kids. It's so all over the map. A must watch for any bad movie night you might be planning.

Cris Halbert
Cris Halbert

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