Revenge of the Ninja (1983) (part 1 of 3)
Stick around until the end of the recap for a special video of highlights from Revenge of the Ninja!
It’s funny to think how deeply connected Cannon Pictures was to the ninja film genre. Their first really big action hit was a flick called Enter the Ninja, released in 1981. It starred Franco Nero of all people as the heroic ninja, and Sho Kosugi, the star of today’s film, as the main villain. They would later hit pay dirt with the American Ninja films, and they continued to milk that franchise all the way to the end.
Today, however, we’re looking at the loose sequel Revenge of the Ninja, which is a true favorite of mine, second only to the glorious American Ninja 2. Sho Kosugi plays a former ninja who’s sworn off violence, only to be pulled back into it when his business partner turns out to be using him to smuggle drugs. When his son (played by Sho’s real life son Kane) is kidnapped, he springs into action, and good lord, is this ever a fun, violent, hilariously sleazy ride!
The acting isn’t much to write home about, the script is practically nonexistent, and what little plot there is serves merely as an excuse to get us from one action scene to the next. Still, it’s an amazingly stupid, briskly-told tale that goes down easy.
I give it 10 out of 10 throwing stars. Let’s check it out.