Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Movie : Ninja Terminator (1985)

Godfrey Ho is notorious for chopping up different movies to create new ones and Ninja Terminator is no exception, original ninja footage starring Richard Harrison "augmented" by a (great) martial arts film starring Jack Lam. The two sets of footage really don't have a great deal to do with each other despite strategic dubbing and do not serve as much of a plot yet despite all of this Ninja Terminator really works.

With the golden ninja statue that gives the owner invincibility stolen various members of the Ninja Empire hunt the world searching for pieces of the statue so they can unite it and conquer the world (or the empire anyway). After a number of ninja (and kung fu) set pieces involving some pretty nifty fighting and 80s toy robots (which for some reason are used by the maniacal Ninja Empire to convey messages) the 3 ninjas meet in a final battle for supremacy. Its a crazy film yet also brilliant... somehow.

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