Enter the Ninja details
|Starring:||Susan George, Sho Kosugi, Christopher George, Franco Nero, Alex Courtney|
Enter the Ninja
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Sep 2001|
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Brings back some fond memories!By Phil from Saffron Walden, England , 15 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This brings back some fond memories of seeing it as a kid. It prompted all sorts of ninja games at school and throwing shuriken at the blackboard (even though there's none in this film) became a favourite passtime for months afterwards.
Now it's all fairly cheesy, but still thankfully in a good sort of way. However the years haven't been too kind. I remember it being quite violent, but now it's fairly tame. There's no gore, very little blood and no nudity. Quite why it's got an 18 rating, I don't know - 15 is far more appropriate. It's still entertaining as an action/martial arts movie though.
The picture wasn't too great - 4:3 and fairly grainy with some damage. There's also no extras. Still no sign of the two sequals (Ninja 2 - Revenge of the Ninja & Ninja 3) on DVD, but when/if they do come out I'll be sure to watch them.
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Classic B MovieBy a customer from London , 04 Dec 2008Cannon were legends of lowbrow movies in the 80s and ninjas were the ultimate lowbrow movie gimmick of the time. Most ninja movies, if they contain anything remotely resembling the ninjas of historical fact at all, were absolute crap. This film isn't too bad on the detail and is quite entertaining too. It's one of the better films of a really poor bunch that were made about Japan's lethal assassins, and along with its sort-of sequel Revenge of the Ninja it's the best thing Cannon made by a country mile.
Franco Nero is not the obvious choice to play a ninja, to be fair, but he had international name value and he actually does quite well. He is outshone though, by Sho Kosugi who is the real deal and steals every scene he's in. The plot is pretty much an episode of the A Team with Samurai swords. Our hero visits an old war buddy who is struggling both personally and in business, on his plantation on a location that was presumably cheap to film. Local villains are putting him out of business, but Franco kicks some ass and puts them on the back foot. The rich mastermind behind the squeeze sends in more henchmen, and they get smacked too. Inevitably, they send in an evil ninja to combat Franco's good ninja mojo, and what would you know but it's someone with whom our hero has a little bit of a past.
It's cheap and cheerful, it has some really good fight sequences and it does exactly what you'd expect from a Cannon film about ninjas. You could do a lot worse than rent this, although Revenge of the Ninja is better.
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70's trashy classicBy jaspal sagoo from manchester , 24 Nov 2008love it. Those early Cannon/golan-globus productions were sheer low budget trash but brilliant as it set the standards for all those b-movie rehashes. Sho Kosugi and Franco Nero - what an international team up. Only for hardcore fans of this genre,
Enter the ninja, then exit quickly, please!By jayc79 (5 reviews) from St. Andrews , 15 Apr 2008I remember watching Sho Kosugi in Revenge of the Ninja when i was younger, at thought it was great! I recently tracked it down on DVD and it is still a great film, just like i remember. So on the strength of that i thought i would watch the first of the Ninja films, this one. Very disappointed! I was bored, I thought the acting was poor, the action wasn't that great, and the final fight scene was just way too short! I'm just glad that I saw the second film first, otherwise i may have missed out on it entirely as this one would have put me off!!
I'm not sure whether to watch the 3rd one or not now!
sleeperBy a customer from Basildon , 30 Jan 2008this movis was so boring my cat went to sleep
Classic!By a customer from Glasgow , 25 Aug 2007Classic early 80's ninja film starring the great Franco Nero and his impressive moustache! Lots of cheesy dialogue and ninja action although I suspect this has fallen foul of the BBFC as this DVD dates from 2001 which is before the censors started being a bit more lenient. Picture quality is not brilliant but is perfectly watchable. Recommended!