The Hunted

Synopsis: Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences.
Director(s): J.F. Lawton
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

It's like selling ice to the Eskimos.

- I can't believe we pulled it off.

- They need those coprocessors.

If they knew how to make 'em

they wouldn't have to buy 'em.

Next year, they will.

By next year,

I might have something better.


An idea, maybe.

I'm gonna run up to the room...

...grab the number

of this hot young apprentice geisha...

...have her call a couple of friends,

and we will have a celebration.

Listen, you go for a celebration party.

Go and have fun.

I got a little work to do in the morning.

I'm going to have a drink

at the bar and go to bed.

See you in the morning.

So, you up for this chick?

Computer chips?

I know it doesn't sound very interesting...

You like computer chips?

I make a pretty good living.

What do you do?

I drink sake.

I can see that.

Should you drink any more?


Listen, it's pretty early. Maybe...

...we could go out for dinner,

or see some Kabuki...

Go for...

...Bunduraku, which is

my personal favorite.

Or, there's a great...

...Tiko concert in the gardens.

- "Tiko"?

- Tiko, you know, drums.


This is my last job.

Let's make sure it goes smoothly.

Can I try?


I guess it's good night.


I had a great time.

Very special.

Thank you.

Maybe, I'll see you again.

I'll see you tomorrow for..., and...

At the coffee shop.

I'm not very good at this. I'm...

Okay, goodbye.



My coat.


Don't go.

But I thought you said...

Don't go if you don't want to go.

I don't want to go.

Nice room.

How long are you staying?

Just tonight.

Really? Are you visiting Nagoya

for business or your family?

Not visiting.

Then, what are you doing here?

I'm sorry, I don't speak Japanese.

Shut up.


I like piggies.

I like piggies, too.


You know what I'm gonna do?

I'm gonna cancel my flight.

I'm gonna cancel my appointments.

I'm gonna stay here for a few days.

It's true, I've only been in Japan

on business, and, maybe I thought... and I could do

a little sightseeing, or...

It sounds nice...

...but it's impossible.

I see.

You have a husband.

No. No husband.

- Do you have a boyfriend?

- No.


...I don't understand.

Understand, you must leave now.

I will never be able to explain to you...

...what tonight meant for me.

Thank you.

I don't even know your name.


Wait until he's gone.


Live long.

You know why I am here.

Yes. I know. painlessly as possible.

Let me see your face.

Before you kill me, let me see your face.

No one but you has seen my face.

I am known by reputation.

I was sent because he wanted the best.

My skill is unmatched.

It takes great skill

to butcher an unarmed woman.


You can die painlessly or slowly.


I wish to die slowly...

...and with much pain... I remember what it was to be alive.

You have great courage.

But I have orders that it be quick.

I am sorry.

Be sorry for yourself.

I am free.

You are a coward, a slave.

They're in Room 2103.

Send police immediately.


Go quickly.

Two victims. Male and female.

The woman was decapitated by a sword.

The man's name?

- Paul Racine.

- Like the French poet?

No. He's a New York businessman.

Badly wounded, but alive for now.


A shuriken dipped in poison

like the ninja use.

Ninja? Don't be ridiculous.

Send it to the lab for analysis.

Let the doctors know the result.

Check the victim into the hospital

under an alias.

If he lives, they'll come back to finish him.

Just one hai at the end is enough.


He's going to live.

Dr. Yamura.

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