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American Ninja 1985

  • Sam Firstenberg
  • August 30, 1985
  • 95 mins
  • English
  • Action, Adventure
Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter will little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap the base colonel's daughter.


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American Ninja is by no means a classic, but it holds a certain position in my childhood. By watching it again for the first time since VHS went out of fashion, I found out how bad the story and acting really is. The strange thing was that I really enjoyed it non-the-less...

It's probably not for all, but I think most people that have a relationship to 80s action would find it interesting. I think I'm going to go through the whole series at some point.

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