Revenge of the Ninja by Sam Firstenberg |Sam Firstenberg, Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye | 738329161323 | Blu-ray | Barnes & Noble
Revenge of the Ninja

Revenge of the Ninja

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Director: Sam Firstenberg

Cast: Sam Firstenberg, Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye

     
 

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Sam Firstenberg directs Sho Kosugi in the martial arts action film Revenge of the Ninja. Kosugi plays a former ninja assassin whose family is killed by other ninjas. He begins life anew in America, but unexpectedly comes to work for drug traffickers who he must face off against.

Overview

Sam Firstenberg directs Sho Kosugi in the martial arts action film Revenge of the Ninja. Kosugi plays a former ninja assassin whose family is killed by other ninjas. He begins life anew in America, but unexpectedly comes to work for drug traffickers who he must face off against.

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This surprise hit for Cannon Films is a typical example of the better films from their early '80s heyday; it's junky and virtually devoid of substance but delivers the goods with an often jaw-dropping amount of energy. James Silke's story line is a train-wreck of implausibilities and paper-thin characterizations, but it delivers some novel, comic-book bit of action virtually every five minutes. It's the perfect setup for a fun throwaway, and Revenge of the Ninja works on this level for two reasons. The first is Sam Firstenberg's direction, which takes a breezy, no-frills approach that bypasses all the story's silliness to push its high action quotient front and center. It might not ever get you involved in the story but it also keeps things from getting dull. The second (and most important) reason is the presence of the underrated Sho Kosugi: he delivers the high-kicking skills and the raw charisma needed for his hero's role, making up for what he lacks in polish with sheer determination. Indeed, his shining moment is an amazing scene where he chases down a speeding van by leaping over several car-roofs and clawing his way inside of it while it tears down the road. In the end, Revenge of the Ninja is far too raw and goofball in tone to ever stack up to a classic like Enter the Dragon, but it's perfect Saturday afternoon fun for martial arts fans with a sense of humor about the genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/26/2015
UPC:
0738329161323
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
23,876

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Sam Firstenberg and stunt coordinator Steven Lambert; Intro by Sam Firstenberg; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sho Kosugi Cho Osaki
Keith Vitali Dave Hatcher
Virgil Frye Lt. Dime
Arthur Roberts Braden
Mario Gallo Caifano
Grace Oshita Grandmother
Kane Kosugi Kane Osaki
John Lamotta Joe
Melvin C. Hampton Det. Rios
Oscar Rowland One-eyed Informant
Toru Tanaka Sumo Servant
Don Shanks Chief
Alan Amiel Red Ninja Leader
Ashley Ferrare Grandmother
Steve Lambert Cowboy Thug
Jack North Actor
George Sullivan Actor

Technical Credits
Sam Firstenberg Director
Hanania Baer Cinematographer
Ivo Cristante Production Designer
Michael J. Duthie Editor
Yoram Globus Producer
Menahem Golan Producer
David Gurfinkel Cinematographer
Mark Helfrich Editor
Steve Lambert Stunts
W. Michael Lewis Score Composer
Diane Perryman Set Decoration/Design
Joe Quinlivan Special Effects
Laurin Rinder Score Composer
Michael Schroeder Asst. Director
James R. Silke Screenwriter
Paul Staheli Art Director
Rob Walsh Score Composer
Dennis White Asst. Director
David Womark Associate Producer

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