Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma

June 12, 2017 at 12:37 am (6 Heads, Blood Reign) (, , , , )

Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma – 1989 – Japan

1573 Japan: On a mission for his clan, a young ninja named Hikage tracks his best friend (and fellow ninja) Marou across the countryside. Seemingly possessed, Marou attacked Hikage and now Hikage reluctantly must bring him to justice. But all is not as it seems. Marou is actually the reincarnation of the king of demons. Using his army of undead and yoma (monsters), he perpetuates a bloody conflict between two warlords. Maybe. The film’s plot isn’t very clear.

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Ninja Scroll

January 4, 2017 at 3:51 am (9 Heads, Ninja Scroll) (, , , , , , )

Ninja Scroll – 1993 – Japan

Jubei is a wandering samurai. He is poisoned by a government spy and coerced into the spy’s service. To earn the antidote, Jubei must defeat the Eight Devils of Kimon, a clan of supernaturally powerful ninja. He teams up with Kagero, a ninja woman who is obsessed with revenge against the Eight Devils. The two develop a romantic relationship until Kagero is killed.

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Five Elements Ninjas

November 29, 2016 at 4:03 am (7 Heads, Five Element Ninja) (, , , , , )

Five Elements Ninjas – 1982 – Hong Kong

A Chinese martial arts school is destroyed by Japanese ninjas. The lone survivor of the massacre learns ninjutsu and abandons his honor to get revenge. That is the whole plot.

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Enter the Ninja

September 9, 2015 at 1:19 am (6 Heads, Enter the Ninja) (, , , )

Enter the Ninja – 1981 – United States

After training as a ninja in Japan, a retired American mercenary named Cole visits a buddy in the Philippines. Cole discovers that evil corporate fat cats are harassing his buddy to sell his farm so they can drill for oil. With his ninja abilities, Cole beats up thuggish goons until the bad guys hire their own ninja to stop him. In the end, Cole kills the ninja, finds a good girlfriend and then leaves her, and winks into the camera as the credits roll.

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Gymkata

December 23, 2013 at 3:47 am (7 Heads, Gymkata) (, , , , , , )

Gymkata – 1985 – United States/Japan

Olympic medalist Kurt Thomas plays Jonathan Cabot, a gymnast recruited by the U.S. Special Intelligence Agency for a mission to the country of “Parmistan” in the Hindu Kush mountain range. The U.S. wants to install a satellite monitoring system for the Strategic Defense Initiative’s “Star Wars” program. To earn Parmistan’s permission, Jonathan must win a competition known as “The Game” that is so deadly it has not been completed in 900 years. Participants run an obstacle course while battling ninja hordes, eventually reaching a town full of traps and insane cannibals. Somehow Jonathan does not seem worried. Perhaps because he is trained by Parmistan’s sexy princess and has mastered the fusion of gymnastics and karate known as Gymkata.

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Miami Connection

December 1, 2013 at 11:02 pm (9 Heads, Miami Connection) (, , , , , , , )

Miami Connection – 1987 – United States

Miami Connection was masterminded by writer/producer/director/actor/martial artist Y. K. Kim. Shown only in Florida, Miami Connection was a commercial failure, bankrupting its creator. It remained unheard of until its 2012 re-release by Drafthouse Films (the video distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theater chain in Texas). With its charming mixture of insanity and sincerity, Miami Connection seems poised for cult status.

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Diamond Ninja Force

April 8, 2012 at 3:30 am (7 Heads, Diamond Ninja Force) (, , , , , , , )

Diamond Ninja Force – 1988 – Hong Kong

Diamond Ninja Force (a.k.a. Ghost Ninja) is bewildering Z-grade schlock. Hong Kong director Godfrey Ho made a career of chopping apart Thai, Chinese, and Filipino flicks and adding Western actors. His 121 directorial credits include the likes of Ninja Terminator (1985), Project Ninja Daredevils (1986), Ninja Hunt (1986), Ninja Fantasy (1986), Ninja Dragon (1986), Ninja Destroyer (1986), Bionic Ninja (1986), Ninja Operation: Licensed to Terminate (1987), Ninja Death Squad (1987), Empire of the Spiritual Ninja (1987), Ninja Knights Brothers of Blood (1988), Rage of Ninja (1988), Ninja Demon’s Massacre (1988), and Ninja Extreme Weapons (1988). That’s just the tip of the iceberg too. This maniac released 21 flicks in 1987 alone.

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