Sam Firstenberg is no stranger to B-movie fans. One of his first directorial efforts was a personal favorite of mine, “Revenge of the Ninja“. Thankfully, he continued that ninja streak and only took a short break from that genre to film one of the masterpieces of American cinema with “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo“. “American Ninja” was next on his plate, and he took an up and coming actor in Michael Dudikoff and made him a B-movie star. Today I take a look at the sequel – American Ninja 2: The Confrontation!
For this week’s Trailer Tuesday, we bring you the trailer for the awesome 80’s ninja movie – AMERICAN NINJA!
The ninja was the superhero of the 80’s. A ninja is like Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wolverine and Spiderman all in one, and I’m sure that one ninja alone could probably whip all of those hero’s asses at once with one arm tied behind it’s back. While we’ve only reviewed the first American Ninja, I have several and I’m just waiting for the right time to give them a review. In the meantime if you’re curious about Michael Dudikoff and American Ninja check out our review here!
Ninjas are the closest things to comic book super heroes that we have ever seen in the history of the world. They can evaporate into thin air, they can destroy entire villages with their bare hands, and they can walk on water. I’ve learned quite a few things from watching Ninja III: The Domination, and one of those things I’ve learned is that a killer ninja can transfer his soul through his sword to another person. One other thing I’ve learned is when those crazy ninja spirits try to take over your body, you might be able to hold them off for a little by practicing aerobics while putting on crappy 80’s pop music that was hastily written minutes before recording – but that’s only because those crazy ninja spirits are just messing with your head. You can never resist crazy ninja spirits.
Take a little bit of Kung Fu Hustle, mix in some Flight of the Conchords, and then redub English with more English and you get the 2002 Tongan Ninja. Jemaine Clement (“The Flight of the Conchords”) co-wrote this cheese-ball action/comedy/musical about a pair of young friends who crash land on the island of Tonga. While trying to save the 2 boys Sione’s father’s legs are eaten by fish and he dies. So the boys must stay on the island where they are trained by Master Nagasake in the martial arts.