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Pray for Death (1985)





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A martial arts master (Sho Kosugi) moves with his two sons to America to start a better life, but he is forced to use his set of skill when a gang of jewelry thieves threaten his family. Gordon Hessler directed.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Shô Kosugi
as Akira Saito
Donna Kei Benz
as Aiko Saito
Kane Kosugi
as Takeshi Saito
Michael Constantine
as Mr. Newman
James Booth
as Limehouse
Norman Burton
as Lt. Anderson
Matthew Faison
as Sgt. Daley
Parley Baer
as Sam Green
Shane Kosugi
as Tomoya Saito
Robert Ito
as Koga
Alan Amiel
as Vinnie Seline
Charles Gruber
as Sgt. Trumble
Nik Hagler
as Pirelli
Chris Wycliff
as Joe Benson
Jude Stephen
as Dr. Smith
Rodney Rincon
as Sanchez
Marlene Mankey
as The Nurse
Charles Grueber
as Sgt. Trumble
as Shoji
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Critic Reviews for Pray for Death

All Critics (3)

The story is trite, but the action scenes are impressive.

Full Review… | March 1, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Depends upon which cut you've seen, whether the movie is any good or night. The pre-ratings original is pure ferocity, where the butchered American version comes off more like refried Jackie Chan.

January 31, 2005
Fort Worth Business Press

Audience Reviews for Pray for Death


The least of the three ninja films I marathoned my way through, this one is just a bit too paint by number, as an immigrant family is accosted by thugs through a series of contrivances, then the father must return to his ninja ways to mete out justice. It's just a bit of what you expect to see and not much else. Rental?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

78% "What we really need around here is a black ninja."-Takeshi (Kane Kosugi) Unfortunetly there is no black ninja, his time was the 1970's.

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

Cheesy acting and general hair-brained foes make this little more than a way to burn some time. However, there is something singularly satisfying about seeing an organized crime organization get dismantled single-handedly. The prototypically 80s theme song is hilarious and horrible all at the same time. Don't spend money on this little beat-em-up, but not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.

Jacob Gehman
Jacob Gehman

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