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A Life of Ninja


Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 10/21/2001
Summary: Very cheesy but entertaining

LIFE OF NINJA: This is one of Tai Seng's re-releases of an Ocean Shores VHS, with the awful picture quality and dubbing that implies. The film itself is plenty cheesy - a series of murders take place in modern day Hong Kong with Ninja signs left at the scene. A Ninja warning reveals that a nasty business man is their target, so the cop on the case gets a Ninja expert who teaches martial arts involved to help him. All good fun :-) The film contains some really great action sequences, including a modicum of cheaply done Ninja trickery. Yasuki Kurata has a good role as the chief Ninja. Not sure who the Ninja Expert hero is, but he fights well. Recommended for those who can handle cheesy old school pan & scan & dubbed :-)


Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 09/15/2001
Summary: Cheesy fun

Elsa Yeung and Chen Kuan Tai made a bunch of movies together around this time, and they generally featured Kurata-san as well. This one is pretty typical of the formula. Lots of primary colours, smouldering looks, cheap soap opera hysterics and plot, lots of guys in full-body suits twirling in the air and pretending to be ninjas.

ChenKT is impressive in the climactic duel with Yasuaki. But I still can't understand the plot relevance of the three bikini-clad women at the beginning engaging in green mud-wreslting.

The copy I rented was under the Ninja Theatre label and was rated R (here in Aus, that means restricted to age 18 and over). This is a complete over-reaction. The violence is not particularly shocking, esp for this genre. Only one young woman appears topless and discreetly nude, and there is one very tame sex scene.

Okay no-brain actioner.

Reviewer Score: 5