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AMERICAN NINJA 3: BLOOD HUNT (1989)
USA RELEASE DATE 24/02/1989

CAST
David Bradley Steve James Calvin Jung Evan J. Klisser
Jerry Tsie Thomas Witt John Barrett Craig Ginsberg
Brian Mabelane


DIRECTOR
Cedric Sundstrom


ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
Ed Anders Mike Stone (II)


SCRIPT WRITERS
Avi Kleinberger Gideon Amir
Gary Conway (I)


PRODUCERS
Avi Lerner John Stodel
Harry Alan Towers


PRODUCTION COMPANIES
Cannon Group
Breton Film Productions

“What a damn day.” In Short Ninja movies are never high art - actually, I take that back, as Pray For Death (a Sho Kosugi masterpiece) is an excellent Ninja movie and just a wonderful flick overall – however, the American Ninja series was a popular franchise that entertained us with creative stunts and a generally fun tone, yet despite the entertainment level of the first two, this movie surgically removes the fun element and replaces it with a mind numbing awfulness. Synopsis David Bradley stars as Sean Davidson, a martial artist who now must take on ninjas as well as a mad scientist who is planning on creating a deadly virus and then selling it to the highest bidder. Steve James (the film's only bright spot) returns as a martial artist who more than holds his own. In Detail You know a movie is bad when Michael Dudikoff refuses to be in it! Actually, that's not really fair to Dudikoff; after all, in my humble opinion, Dudikoff is indeed one of the credible action stars, mainly because like other somewhat successful action stars, he has a movie that people know him as a character from one of his movies. (e.g. Stallone as Rocky and Rambo, Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and The Punisher just to name a few.) [Ziggy’s Note: Cripes, Kenner, you ripped off Dolph with those examples!] Dudikoff is and will always be remembered as the "American Ninja". But what does one do when you can't get your original head basher to show up in your sequel? Why, you get another musclebound actor who has as much charisma as a dried out burrito, or in other words you hire David Bradley, an actor who is large on muscle but very small on acting ability as well as screen presence, which always makes for a deadly combo. At least for the audience. Indeed, to get by these days, to even get fans, you must possess a likable trait to entice a viewer. Michael Dudikoff back then was indeed not a good actor - sure he got better with The Silencer, as well as his later movies, but before then he was forced to basically just stand there - however, Dudikoff had a watchable edge to him. David Bradley does not. What can you say about an actor like David Bradley? I mean in all seriousness, he has to be the biggest example of non-talent; comparing him to a brick is not even accurate because even a brick has more dimension as well as potential screen presence. He is worthless, plain and simple. However on the flipside of everything is Steve James, who should be the star of this movie. He shows a knack for droll humor as well as the fact that he is very talented not only in fights but also in acting. It's no secret about the racism in Hollywood back then, where they refused to give Steve James the role of the "American Ninja" because he's not white therefore doesn't look "American" enough, even though the truth is AN3 would have probably been a decent Ninja movie had James starred. Look at the reason why Jackie Chan couldn't get success until he went back to China: to escape people trying to cast him as "The next Bruce Lee". Brandon Lee and Don "The Dragon" Wilson would face similar problems. As for fight scenes, these are without a doubt the lamest one can come by these days, let alone back in 1989; the movie gives one the impression that they did fight cinematography during a lens change. David Bradley looks so horrible in the fight scenes that one wonders if he hasn't knocked back a few brewskies. Truly awful cinematography. Second, the movie just looks awful; this isn't just low rent, this is Ed Wood Enters The Ninja. [Ziggy’s Note: Given Ed Wood’s personal habits… ewwww!] Words cannot express the overall cheap production values here; what was the budget of this thing? Two cents? I wouldn't be surprised. Sure, the other two American Ninja movies looked cheap (as did Part 4, which actually looks the most polished), but this is jaw droppingly awful. The script is American Ninja 2 all over again, but while that one was fun and had some entertaining action bits, this is just mind numbingly crappy, complete with mind numbingly crappy action scenes. Overall, American Ninja 3 is a dead-man boxing Mike Tyson. AN3 like the dead man has no energy and no flash and all it does is fall flat on its face while it receives a brutal beating. Source: Ziggy's Video Realm [Kenner]

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