Enter the Ninja represents an unusual hybrid action film, an Italian Western-type story filmed as a contemporary Japanese martial arts action film in the Philippines. Results are pleasant though unspectacular.

Enter the Ninja represents an unusual hybrid action film, an Italian Western-type story filmed as a contemporary Japanese martial arts action film in the Philippines. Results are pleasant though unspectacular.

After a misjudged opening consisting of a series of bloody one-on-one battles later revealed to be just a phony graduation exercise for American ninjitsu student Cole (Franco Nero), pic settles down to a simple landgrabbers story.

Cole arrives to help his old mercenary fighter buddy Landers (Alex Courtney) fight off various nasties out to steal away his plantation to exploit its oil rights. Landers’s tough cookie wife (Susan George sporting a very sexy and giggly bra-less look) is on hand to help out.

Well-photographed pic is heavy on the chop-socky stuff, with baddie Venarius (Christopher George) hiring a real Japanese ninja (Sho Kosugi) to neutralize Cole.

Enter the Ninja

Production

Cannon. Director Menahem Golan; Producer Judd Bernard, Yoram Globus; Screenplay Dick Desmond; Camera David Gurfinkel; Editor Mark Goldblatt, Michael Duthie; Music W. Michael Lewis, Laurin Rinder

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1982. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Franco Nero Susan George Sho Kosugi Alex Courtney Will Hare Christopher George
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