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Ninja Operation: Licensed To Terminate (1987) Directed by: Joseph Lai

TROY'S REVIEW: Richard Harrison once again dons blindingly bright ninja togs in yet another enjoyably silly, cut & paste effort brought to us by those endearingly demented fellows at IFD. Here our hero must prevent a bunch of evil ninjas from killing the Prince of Justice, a small baby called Alpha, who we are told will grow up to vanquish all darkness and evil from the world. Of course, being a ninja, our man is an expert on tactics which he readily employs to accomplish this honourable task. This is clearly demonstrated by his ingenious method of loitering around in bushes and behind walls, waiting for the aforementioned bad guys to turn up, whereupon he invariably flips out on them and subsequently challenges them to ninja combat. In the meantime, Alpha is being cared for by a truck driver called Rick who finds the baby dumped unceremoniously in the back of his vehicle one day. Quite aside from this decidedly abrupt entry into parenthood, Rick is also having troubles with the union, the resulting disputes of which invariably end up being settled via a good old scrap (isn't this common practice?). Yes, this is typically imbecilic IFD fun and is as such, intrinsic viewing for all fans of cinematic trash. Now... where can I get myself one of those rather fetching ninja headbands? Also known as Ninja Operation 3: Licensed To Terminate.

Ninja Over The Great Wall (1990) Directed by: Bruce Le

There seems to have been resources available for Bruce Le (including in post production as the movie was originally mixed in Dolby) but his flimsy war-drama/Fist Of Fury-clone with several muddling acts leading up to a bloody duel set at the Great Wall Of China is deadly dull in execution. Clear and gritty enough when dealing with the Japanese invasion, the former Bruce Lee clone emulating the beats of Fist Of Fury confines any potential fun or engaging pace somewhere at the back of the creative part of his brain. A central conflict may arise between Japanese fighter Shojiro (Lau Chuen) and Le's character but the boring tone in a serious drama in intent never springs to life. For a select few moments it becomes so overly clear Le is not the image of a Chinese hero despite pushing hard for it and that shows up at its most preposterous level during the end. Something that represents the sole silly, unintended fun Ninja Over The Great Wall offers.

Ninja Powerforce (1987) Directed by: Joseph Lai

TROY'S REVIEW: A decidedly mundane crime drama chronicling the tale of childhood friends Frankie and Albert who end up on opposite sides, forms the basis for this sadly somewhat forgettable cut & paste ninja entry brought to us by Joseph Lai's IFD production company.
Equally as sad, the ninja segments themselves are even fewer and further between than is normal in these flicks which proves to be a genuine shame. Having said the above, there are nonetheless a few high points worth mentioning for the record however, which certainly deliver a chuckle or two. For instance, check out the head evil ninja; a decidedly odd choice of casting if ever there was one in that he is, how shall I phrase this politely...a somewhat portly fellow to put it mildly.
Not only this, but you'll probably have to do a double take when you first lay eyes on the aforementioned ninja's main henchman who sports a mousy, curly moustache that would probably look more at home on the upper lip of a circus ringmaster! As a final note, may I recommend that when watching this film, you might be advised to have some sun glasses and a bucket at hand; the former to protect your vision from the garish, brightly coloured togs that our ninja pals are decked out in whilst the latter object may come in handy for when you set eyes upon the rather horrific series of shirts Harrison wears when in his guise as an officer of the law. Yep, stomach-churningly bad and veritable crimes against fashion they are! Tom Selleck/Magnum P.I. - all is forgiven my good man! Also known as Ninja Operation 4: Thunderbolt Angels.

Ninjas & Dragons (1984) Directed by: Ding Zhou-Lun

A co-production between Japan and Mainland China, the latter camp is represented by the company that brought us the grand The South Shaolin Master but most polish is gone in Ninjas & Dragons. Starring Takagi Junya (a student of Sonny Chiba's and the replacement when the producers couldn't bring in Hiroyuki Sanada of Ninja In The Dragon's Den and The Twilight Samurai fame) as a Japanese ninja after revenge. He gets caught up in bigger warfare and comic interludes quite rightly at times favours fantasy weirdness but more often than not bores. An endless 83 minutes of dull and muddled plot only gets interrupted via such wonderful elements as the old witch hiding an acrobatic child under her cape and any ninja technique employed manages to be automatically cool. The ending achieves worthy status as it for a prolonged period of time brings above average elements and higher division kicking to an otherwise tough trek of a film.

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Ninja's Force (1984) Directed by: Romano Kristoff & Teddy Page

Straight from the Philippines and the bottom of the barrel as well, taking on Romano Kristoff and his Ninja's Force is a challenge. The Spanish born karate exponent took reigns alongside Teddy Page to deliver possibly the slowest piece of ninja action ever put on film. Romano plays Kenzo, a ninja brought in to deal with evil doers using LSD on women for their mind control scheme. Initially starting out well by having a brutal murder at the start and splashing the opening credits with the theme from Blade Runner, the rest is a tedious affair. The mind control plot gives way to some trashy moments but seeing the girls Kenzo are staying with trying to trip up the mighty ninja by rigging chairs etc is not only unfunny but incredibly boring. A few laughably bad gore scenes and a slow motion end fight later, that latter choice really summarizes matters and you get quite the appreciation for IFD and Filmark watching Ninja's Force. Those fellas knew the type of energy to infuse this low grade action cinema with.

The Ninja Showdown (1987) Directed by: Joseph Lai

TROY'S REVIEW: Yes indeed, it's yet more cut & paste goodness featuring an understandably uncomfortable looking Richard Harrison. In this decidedly muddled entry he is seeking violent retribution against the evil purple ninjas led by Donald, a man who if the truth be told would look far more at home in a bowler hat and suit than in ninja togs. But I digress... Interwoven somewhat haphazardly into this tale of revenge we have a mightily depressing melodrama of sorts, detailing the ill fortunes of lifelong friends Tony, Sally and Teddy. And what a tale of woe it is; poverty, illness, disfigurement, rape, self mutilation and various gang related tribulations all feature in the space of a mere 85 or so minutes.
Damn, it's almost enough to make one want to end it all just watching it! Luckily for the viewer however, every now and then the action switches back to Harrison's ongoing quest to track down Donald, which invariably manifests as our hero takes on individual members of his nemesis's clan. Matters eventually reach a thrilling (or perhaps not so thrilling) climax when our hero does finally catch up with his intended quarry for the eponymous showdown of the films title. Whilst far from the best of its kind, fans of IFD lunacy will nonetheless be able to derive a fair quota of laughs from this typically inept effort. Richard Harrison, we salute you good sir!

The Ninja Squad (1987) Directed by: Godfrey Ho

TROY'S REVIEW: Well, it's an all too common problem; you dedicate your life to and train for years in the arts of ninjitsu. Then when you return home to see how the old folks are doing, you find that a hostile gang has taken over your town and that people refuse to recognize your ninja skills as a particularly useful commodity in the employment sector.
Such is the dilemma poor Billy faces in this typically daft but fun, cut & paste abomination brought to us by that stalwart of ineptitude, Mr Godfrey Ho. Talking of stalwarts, poor old Richard Harrison crops up here too, once again playing a ninja master called Gordon. As it transpires, Gordon is having a spot of bother of his own involving a fellow ninja going under the name of Ivan The Red. This thoroughly unpleasant chap has ambitions to claim the 'Supreme Ninja Power' (whatever the hell that might be) from Gordon and furthermore has a curious predilection for collecting the headbands he removes from other ninjas he slays, which he then sends to Gordon to goad him into combat. Interestingly, Ivan is also invariably accompanied by a particularly cool soundtrack whenever he appears onscreen. Hmmmm, I must remember to get myself one of those. Will Billy manage to sort out the evil extortion gangs and find a job? Will Gordon manage to defeat the sneering Ivan The Red? Does anyone really care? All will be revealed if, as I wholeheartedly recommend, you rush out and grab a copy of this joyously demented flick as soon as possible.

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Ninja Strike Force (1987) Directed by: Joseph Lai

TROY'S REVIEW: Shock horror! The evil leader of the Black Ninja clan has stolen the legendary Sword of Catastrophe from its traditional custodians, the Golden Ninjas! Even more potentially calamitous, the evil ninja intends to put to the test the legend that accompanies the mighty weapon. For it is said that should the blade taste the blood of the leaders of all the other ninja clans, then its user will become omnipotent and rule the world! Needless to say, this is a grave situation that only Gordon, heir to the Golden ninja throne, can avert. However, in order to combat the black ninja and subsequently prevent his evil ambitions from becoming a reality, Gordon requires the help of Jim - a down on his luck, odd job man who is cohabiting with a similarly unfortunate chap called Mickey Mouse (I swear I'm not making this up!) and who it later transpires is suffering from tuberculosis (cheery this flick ain't!). Yes, what we have here are predictably, two completely non related films interwoven via the magic of inept editing and overdubbing to create a decidedly baffling, melodrama/ninja flick hybrid. And what tremendous fun it proves to be to with plenty of colourful ninja duels, the usual plethora of God awful voice over work and a soundtrack stolen from 80's pop group Alphaville! Highly recommended stuff - especially for the mentally unhinged. Also known as Ninja Operation 2: Way Of Challenge.

Ninja Strikes Back (1982, Joseph Kong & Bruce Le)

No one can deny the variety on display and attempt of international feel but featuring Bruce Lee-mannerisms in this modern kidnapping/revenge story that has no real, past connection to the completed movies of Lee’s is forced and for a large stretch makes the movie quite exceptionally bad. A ninja and a switch to utilizing more Asian stuntmen for the action choreography adds power and entertainment value though as both the fights are decidedly better and a sense of crazy fun aids Kong’s and Le’s direction. Highlight reel fodder being Le vs said ninja, Casanova Wong’s kicking and the gory demise of Harold Sakata (Odd Job from Goldfinger, hence the James Bond score is used for his scenes just in case we weren’t sure). And during these positive, mad stretches, having Le do Lee is perfectly and shamelessly appropriate funnily enough. Including at the Colosseum finale between Le and Hwang Jang-Lee. It’s the international touches that slows momentum to a halt however. Less ambition, more mad next time, please.

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