|Ninja Terminator (1986)|
|Starring:||Richard Harrison, Hwang Jang Lee, Phillip Ko and Jack Lam|
|The Plot: In contemporary-era Japan, we are introduced to the Golden Ninja Empire. The Empire is a secret sect of ninjas that have been turned evil in recent years, mostly because their master has allowed his ninja-powers to go to his head. This master has developed The Supreme Ninja Spirit, which simply means that he is invulnerable to sword strikes. This power is given to him because he is in possession of all three parts of a very special Golden Ninja Warrior statue. Three of his best pupils, however, have been disgusted by the recent tactics of the Empire. Lead by Harry (Richard Harrison), this group decides to steal the Golden Ninja Warrior statue and split it up into three pieces in order to cripple the Golden Ninja Empire. Although this is a good idea on paper, it doesn’t take long for the Empire to start tracking this trio down… One by one, it seems as if these ninjas are going to be killed off. Harry still has one trick left up his sleeve, though: Jaguar Wong (Jack Lam). Jaguar is a agent friend of Harry’s who agrees to help him take on the Golden Ninja Empire. Together, in spirit since they never share any screen time because Jack Lam’s character has been edited into this movie, these two are going to help eliminate the Golden Ninja Empire once and for all!|
Make no bones about it, this is one horrible movie. From the over-the-top ninja sequences right down to the incoherent “subplot” that follows Jaguar Wong, this movie is all over the place. The movie, however, is not to be judged by regular standards of good or bad. Indeed, the way I finally started to realize my adoration for the movie was through the semi-nostalgic atmosphere that it creates surrounding all of this preposterous ninja action. If you’re vaguely interested in the “idea” of what Godfrey Ho did, if the very concept of a corrupt producer ripping movies apart and sticking them together like bubble gum intrigues you, then Ninja Terminator turns out to be one of the very best examples of what these films could do. When mixing the South Korean martial arts title The Uninvited Guest of the Star Ferry in with his newly shot footage, this one time Godfrey Ho almost gets it “right.” And almost is more than any one person can ask for in a Godfrey Ho movie. Featuring both more “white ninja” footage than can normally be found in a IFD ninja flick and more of the “zany” ideas that should have been prevalent in movies like this, Ninja Terminator turns out to be one of the very best combinations that the genre would ever see.