Alien vs. Ninja

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A monster from outer space gets a less-than-warm welcome from a band of ancient warriors in this over-the-top exploitation picture from writer and director Seiji Chiba. In feudal Japan, a strange flaming object falls from the sky, and when reports of mysterious deaths follow, three ninja warriors are sent out to investigate -- brave Yamata (Masanori Mimoto), stealthy Jinnai (Shuji Kashiwabara) and their silly sidekick Nezumi (Donpei Tsuchihira). What the ninjas find is outside their previous experience -- a bloodthirsty creature from another world that has arrived on Earth and plans to kill everything in its path. However, the alien didn't count on the tenacity or the fighting skills of the ninjas, and they set upon the creature with the help of sword-swinging female ninja Rin (Mika Hijii). Of course, the alien didn't travel alone, and it isn't long before the warriors are making mincemeat of a whole platoon of beasts from another ugly world. Alien vs. Ninja received its world premiere at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Alien vs. Ninja

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

  • while this film shares the anything-goes splattercore sensibility of Tokyo Gore Police and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, it is neither fast enough nor visually inventive enough to distract from the emptiness of its plot.

    Sep 23, 2010
  • AvN is occasionally campy fun, but it's mostly just dull and and disappointing, never living up to the potential of its terrific title.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…
  • There has to be a far better movie still to be made under the guise of this wonderfully singular title. Right?

    Feb 23, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alien vs. Ninja

  • Apr 23, 2011
    A great little romp of Japanese cartoonish madness. If you love weirdly titled, poorly shot films, then this is for you. It has bad CGI and even worse suits/puppets. How can I possibly defend it? I enjoyed it dammit. It had action, adventure, betrayal, and never let its budget get in the way of imagination. The little alien critters were grotesquely simple, while the big alien dudes were uncomfortably phallic. The comedy mostly came from bizarre deaths, and though these were more normal than usual (for this type of movie) the sword fights were more than convincing enough. This is the kind of film that young teenagers make with their friends on a nice summer afternoon. Only difference is, that here we have grown-ups that should know better, and with that immaturity comes innocence and excitement.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2011
    a really cheap asian effort, with a silly premise, and sprinkled throughout some nice touches, but unfortunatly it doesnt make up for the rest. really bad alien monster too, and even more poorly directed actors to kill off.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2011
    Aliens land in feudal Japan, and a band of ninjas must defeat them. Inventive action choreography narrowly defeats cheap special effects.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2011
    This Japanese sci-fi action is taking on the goofy of Aliens Vs. Predator. Aliens and ninjas - looked like this can't go wrong! But it did. There are a lot of boring dialogs. The movie's pace is messed up. Even for its 80 minutes it is still slow. The martial-art scenes are decent, but nothing really remarkable. The character and creature designs are cool and the costumes are really neat. Actually I prefer the practical effects - puppets, costumes and animatronics are a breath of fresh air in this CGI era.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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