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American Ninja (1985)




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Based in the Philippines, an American GI stumbles upon a crooked arms racket involving the very military he works for. Attempting to thwart their activities, he fights his way through many villains and manages to rescue a damsel in distress along the way.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Avi Kleinberger, Paul de Mielche
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


Michael Dudikoff
as Joe Armstrong
Steve James
as Curtis Jackson
Judie Aronson
as Patricia Hickock
Guich Koock
as Col. Hickock
John Fujioka
as Shinyuki
John LaMotta
as Rinaldo
Tadashi Yamashita
as Black Star Ninja
Phil Brock
as Charley
Tony Carreon
as Older Colombian
Roi Vinzon
as Younger Colombian
Rohy Batliwala
as Truck Driver
Gregg Rocero
as Bodyguard
Berto Spoor
as Bodyguard
Jerry Bailey
as Head Hijacker
Roy Batiwala
as Truck Driver
James E. Gaines
as Truck Driver
Steve Cook
as Truck Driver
Brian Robilliard
as Truck Driver
Zenon Gil
as Truck Driver
Estrella Antonio
as Housekeeper
Joey Galvez
as MP Arresting Officer
Nick Nicholson
as Duty Officer
Eric Hahn
as Supply Sergeant
Jacob Mendoza
as Fat Truck Driver
Avi Charupe
as Joe's Father
Esther Zewko
as Joe's Mother
Willy Williams
as 1st Barrack Soldier
Willie Williams
as Barrack Soldier #1
Christian Hoss
as Barrack Soldier #2
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Critic Reviews for American Ninja

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 21, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

So this is what happens to the support cast of "Grease"?

September 18, 2002

I hate it now. I loved it when I was 14. Does that count?

July 26, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Title tells you all you need to know ... except for all the badness.

July 25, 2002

September 23, 2005

Audience Reviews for American Ninja

Corny white ninja expert guy protecting pretty girl while beating all various bad guy type movie

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Michael Dukikoff's great on his skills and abilities as a ninja hero.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


First off- f### all you. American Ninja is a great damn movie and you know it. Of course it's no masterpiece- it's Canon. But it is still incredible. It is everything you could want in a movie called American Ninja. Didikoff has every right to be a bitter asshole (if he is- I have no idea, but would rather think not because I like my heroes pure) because he could have been a great action star and this movie shows that. He's a hell of a lot better than Schw/Norris/Van-Damn in their first films and think how much glorious action has come from them. American Ninja has a badass US Army Ninja who barely speaks (Snake Eyes anyone?) a badass roundhousing black Sgt. with a badass fro, evil ninja, mean foreign drug lords, and a lost father-son subplot to boot. Fuck you all. This movie deserves 5 stars for effort, but I don't believe in participation trophies either, so 4.5 it remains. Great action, great fun, THE perfect "ninja" movie, and even a really impressive soundtrack to boot. Those horns will blare strong and high in your mind till the day you die. Dont hate.


Tyler F.
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