Ninjas Ninjas Ninjas! Pray For Death (Gordon Hessler, 1985)
Sho Kosugi’s family falls foul of criminals, so he digs out his old (but badass) ninja outfit and goes to town on the bastards. Despite some ill-deployed eighties power ballads the movie manages to stay badass throughout. The movie has a nice opening ninja fight, Kosugi playing chicken with a pick-up truck, children fighting and a kinetic and brutal final battle that involves chainsaws, rotary blades and mannequins. If Kosugi wore his awesome outfit throughout, or if there were more ninjas in the movie it might be the perfect ninja movie.
Ninja Abilities – Sword making
Ninja Kit – Ninja bicycle (smoke, spoke-blow-darts), bullet proof body armour, bow, sword, smoke bombs, garrotte, bladed throwing weapon (like a metal shuttlecock), knives, shuriken, horned devil ninja mask, kabuki mask, spear and a bizarre weapon that looks like a sharpened TV aerial.
Ninja Colours – Black, Red, Grey.
Notable Ninja Kills – Arrow in throat, pinned to door with blade through neck, thrown onto buzz saw
Ninja Activity? – Medium (first 15 minutes, last 25, none in middle)
Ninja Mythology: Some ninja’s just want to be left alone to get on with their lives.
Overall rating: 7/10
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