American Ninja Reviews
There's also several sequels to this film. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987), American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)- this film doesn't feature Michael Dudikoff. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990), which does feature Michael Dudikoff. The final film in the collection is American Ninja 5 (1993), which again, doesn't feature Michael Dudikoff. This film doesn't seem to follow the story from the previous four films.
This movie is laughably dated too. The insider arms deal, the ninjas throwing smoke balls to make themselves disappear, the "I've seen this a million times" action-movie plot. There's little in the way of good martial arts either... and stupid sprinkled throughout. I mean, why would the master ninja kill one of his dedicated, skilled trainees to prove his "badness". Just dumb.
Cannon liked any film related to ninjas it seemed! It was originally titled American Warrior.
The film in parts is like a glorified television episode of a show like the A-Team with its cheap looking action effects.
Michael Dudikoff plays the title role? Who is he?
It is typical of a film in a VHS rental shop in the eighties! Cheap Cannon B movies.
Basically it follows a strange loner US soldier with ninja skills in a US army base in the Philippines.
There is a typical shot of a model helicopter being blown up and studio insert with a painted background by a six year old.
Luckily it only dragged on for approximately 90 minutes.
It took two viewings. I fell asleep during the first although it was 10pm after a day at work.
The loner with no memory but super ninjistu skills and his army buddies face off against generic European bad guys and Black Star Ninjas.
The good guys win, the girl falls for the guy and everybody lives happily ever after except the non American ninjas and the Sensei of the good ninja.
The fact this spawned four sequels must have been part of some tax dodge by the producers.
If you are looking for an action film from 1985, give Rambo First Blood Part 2 a look before you watch this.
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Michael Dudikoff is a horrendous actor that has no expression what so ever & is supported by so pretty ordinary actors as well.
The fun in the film relies on how bad it is, completely unrealistic story, and the sheer load of rubbish that one man could take on a whole drug cartel in the phillipino underworld. Very bad & very fun!!!!