(From Joe Bob's Ultimate B Movie Guide)
Kung-fu face ripper made by those three Japanese ninja masters: Avi Kleinberger, Gideon Amir and Sam Firstenberg. And, of course, produced by those two avid students of oriental martial arts, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. These are the five guys who originated the ancient
Chinese battle cry "Next year in Hong Kong!" Michael Dudikoff
stars as an Army private who gets amnesia and can't remember how
he got to be the greatest kung-fu ninja master in the world. All
he knows is, every time his supply-truck convoy is attacked by 30
or 40 black ninja masters, he just goes berserk and turns into
the Mr. Goodwrench of martial arts and starts throwing deadly
tire tools. There's a mean French guy named Mr. Ortega who wears
pink ties and mumbles a lot about what a showoff Dudikoff is, but
nobody can understand him because the soundman evidently put the
mike in his navel. Mr. Ortega owns his own super-ninja master,
and he tells the super-ninja master to kill Dudikoff so they can
sell a laser missile to the Mafia.
121 dead bodies.
Eight Kung Fu scenes, four in pajamas.
One gallon blood.
Four motor vehicle chases.
Two exploding trucks.
Four exploding jeeps.
Trash can Fu.
With Guich Koock, former owner of Luckenbach, Texas, as the evil Colonel,
Judie Aronson as the gratuitous bimbo ("What do you think I am, a jungle baby?"),
Tadashi Yamashita as the evil ninja.
Directed by Sam "Dynamite" Firstenberg.
© 2000 Joe Bob Briggs. All Rights
Reserved. Not an AOL Time-Warner Company in this lifetime.
"American Ninja" is available on video and on DVD