American Ninja

Synopsis: Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter will little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap Patricia, the base colonel's daughter, who happens to be along for the ride. Joe rescues Patricia and gets her safely back to the base, but everyone else in the platoon is killed, leading his superiors to conclude that Joe is guilty of cowardice, collaboration or simple incompetence. At the same time, the rebel leader vows revenge against the serviceman who disrupted his plans, and sends an army of ninjas to assassinate him and bring back Patricia. If he wants to survive and save the girl, Joe's going to have to draw on every last ounce of his training.
Director(s): Sam Firstenberg
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I want every inch of that

jungle covered before dark.

- Get every man out in the field now.

- Yes, sir.

Third time we've been hit. Call the chief of

police and tell him to get his ass in gear.


And your ass is in a sling, mister,

if anything's happened to Patricia.

- We tried our best, sir.

- Obviously it wasn't good enough.

- No, sir.

- What happened out there?

We've never had any casualties

in these instances before.

We wouldn't have had any

if that new man hadn't been along.

Your daughter'd be here right now, safe, if

he hadn't started acting like John Wayne.

That son of a bitch is gonna be sorry

he ever joined this goddamn army.

- Jackson!

- Yes, sir.

- Did you check the wounds?

- Yes, sir. I did.

- What the hell did you find out?

- Have you ever heard of ninjutsu, sir?

- The secret art of assassination.

- Yeah, I have.

Well, according to

witnesses' testimony...

...this massacre was the work of ninjas.


You have served me well, my friend.

Until today, your record was spotless.

But the truck with the most

valuable cargo got away.

Another incident like this, I might

have to shut down the entire operation.

(speaks Japanese)

An American ninja? What do you mean?

There is no such thing.

I do not lie. I know it is death to

teach the secrets to the westerner...

...but I also know there was

an American ninja there.

The buyers arrive tomorrow.

It's a multimillion-dollar deal.

Nothing must be left to chance.

This American, whatever

he is, get rid of him.

I guess it's goodbye.

Guess so.

Well, bye.


Look at me.

Don't I look absolutely ridiculous?

- No, you look good.

- Thank you.

Well, goodbye.


Thanks. Thanks for everything.

I suppose you think you're a hero cos

you brought my daughter back alive.

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