Enter the Ninja (1981)





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In this martial arts actioner, a recent graduate from ninja school heads off to save an old friend from the evil machinations of a fearsome villain.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Susan George
as Mary Ann
Shô Kosugi
as Hasegawa
Will Hare
as Dollars
Zachi Noy
as The Hook
Dale Ishimoto
as Komori
Christopher George
as Charles Venarius
Joonee Gamboa
as Mr. Mesuda
Leo Martinez
as Pee Wee
Ken Metcalfe
as Elliot
Subas Herrero
as Alberto
Alan Amiel
as Maroon Ninja
Bob Jones
as Maroon Ninja
Derek Webster
as Venarius' Man
Doug Ivan
as Maroon Ninja
Jack Turner
as Maroon Ninja
Konrad Waalkes
as Venarius' Man
James E. Gaines
as Venarius' Man
Don Gordon
as Venarius' Man
Isolde Winter
as Venarius' Secretary
Lucy Bush
as Venarius' Secretary
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All Critics (3)

...proves to be as much oater as assassin's actioner.

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Little White Lies

Enter the Ninja is corny, nonsensical fun, and shouldn't be missed by b-movie fans; it's a terrible movie that's far more pleasurable than many "good" ones.

Full Review… | May 31, 2015
Under the Radar

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July 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for Enter the Ninja

Pretty terrible ninja movie! The acting was cheesy, which I didn't mind so much. However, the fights were pretty awful!

James Bond, Jr.
James Bond, Jr.

Super Reviewer

This one is not easy to get a hold of ( no dvd release as of right now) , but if you can and appreciate Ninja flicks, I highly recommend it. It may seem a little cheesy to today's younger generation, but in the hype of the 80's Ninja movies - this one has got it all. Great fight scenes and the most Ninja weaponry skills that I've ever seen displayed on film to this day. Sho Kosugi was great as the bad guy, Hasegawa,(along with playing many of the masked bad guys chasing the lead through his final Ninja test in the opening of the film)and actor Franco Nero's (Cole) efforts were pretty convincing as the newly graduated American Ninja (with a lot of help from Martial Arts great and writer Mike Stone behind the white mask). The opening of the film with Kosugi doing fantastic Katas with weapons to the Ninja test was too cool. All scenes were beautifully shot and the chase/battle between rivals Hasegawa and Cole through the test was awesome. The landscape,weapons,and uniforms of the Ninjas in this film had the appearance of authenticity. Along with many neat fights in between, the final battle is still one of my personal favorites, as jealous Hasegawa is hired out (with evil pleasure),by badger tycoon Mr.Venarius, to assassinate his rival. A must see if you can find a copy of the film

David Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer


Remember the scene from Pee Wee's Big Adventure where James Brolin stars as P.W. Herman, well that's this entire movie. It's like the director glimpsed into the future, saw Road House, and decided to preemptively take a cinematic dump of his own. This gem of a turd features vastly unappealing actors doing remarkably little ninja-ing. Throw in some smarmy land grabbing baddies, a fat comic relief todie and you've got yourself one of the most underrated terrible movies of the 80's.

Brett Warren
Brett Warren

Super Reviewer

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