Enter the Ninja

Overview

Cannon Productions' first foray into the martial arts milieu, Enter the Ninja stars Franco Nero. While visiting old pal Frank Landers Alex Courtney in the Philippines, master ninja Cole Nero is approached by villain Charles Venarius Christopher George. Coveting Lander's plantation, Venarius tries to strong-arm Cole into turning against his friend. Our Hero refuses, whereupon Venarius brings in his own ninja Hasegawa Sho Kosugi, the first step towards the battle-royal climax. The stunt choreography by Mike Stone ...
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Overview

Cannon Productions' first foray into the martial arts milieu, Enter the Ninja stars Franco Nero. While visiting old pal Frank Landers Alex Courtney in the Philippines, master ninja Cole Nero is approached by villain Charles Venarius Christopher George. Coveting Lander's plantation, Venarius tries to strong-arm Cole into turning against his friend. Our Hero refuses, whereupon Venarius brings in his own ninja Hasegawa Sho Kosugi, the first step towards the battle-royal climax. The stunt choreography by Mike Stone is enough to make one completely forget the film's lapses in taste and logic. Enter the Ninja was followed in short order by Revenge of the Ninja.
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Despite its status as the film that sparked the "ninja movie" boom of the early '80s, Enter the Ninja is a pretty lackluster affair. The first problem is that none of the stars seem right for a martial arts epic: Franco Nero looks uncomfortable as the ninja expert and fails to perform convincingly during the fight scenes, while Susan George is thoroughly wasted as the damsel in distress and Christopher George's villainous character is denied any real participation in the action. Enter the Ninja is further hurt by a clich├ęd, listless script from Dick Desmond that relies exclusively on stock characterizations and dialogue and only utilizes the ninja angle as a way to spice up a rather dull "evil tycoon plots to steal real estate" premise. Worst of all, director Menahem Golan fails to deliver the kind of slam-bang action that would have made all these mistakes forgivable: Even though a large amount of Enter the Ninja's running time is devoted to fight scenes, they lack the skillful choreography and sharp editing that would give them the visceral punch they truly need. In short, Enter the Ninja might interest hardcore action fans as a curio but is too dull and uninspired to appeal to most viewers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2011
  • UPC: 883904255581
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,858

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Franco Nero Cole
Susan George Mary-Ann Landers
Sho Kosugi Hasegawa
Alex Courtney Frank Landers
Will Hare Dollars
Zachi Noy The Hook
Constantin de Goguel Parker
Dale Ishimoto Komori
Christopher George Charles Venarius
Alan Amiel
James E. Gaines
Joonee Gamboa
Don Gordon
Bobby Jones
Leo Martinez
Ken Metcalfe
Technical Credits
Menahem Golan Director, Screenwriter
Judd Bernard Producer, Screenwriter
Patricia Casey Producer
Dick Desmond Screenwriter
Michael J. Duthie Editor
Yoram Globus Producer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
David Gurfinkel Cinematographer
W. Michael Lewis Score Composer
Laurin Rinder Score Composer
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