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AMERICAN NINJA
1985 / Action
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Directed by Sam Firstenberg
Written by Paul De Mielche
Starring Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson and Tadashi Yamashita

Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter, finds himself on an American army base in the Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. During his first mission driving a convoy, his platoon is held up by a group of rebels and many from the platoon are killed as Joe fights back, leading his superiors to conclude that Joe is responsible for their deaths. At the same time, the rebel leader vows revenge against the serviceman who disrupted his plans, and sends an army of ninjas to assassinate Joe.

The following tags are associated with this movie: ninja, army, martial arts
American Ninja (1985)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
This is one of the earliest action films that I watched as a child and really enjoyed. If I had to choose, despite being more silly, I think the sequel is a slightly better movie than this one in terms of pure entertainment value and fun. However, the original American Ninja is plenty enjoyable in its own right. The action sequences aren't all that special but are serviceable for those looking for a movie that can allow them to switch off their brain for 90 minutes and just relax.
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