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Rated R
Copyright 1987 Golan-Globus
Reviewed by A.D. on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Joe Armstrong - Michael Dudikoff! All American hero who spends most of the film with no lines.
  • Jackson - Steve James! Although he is a well respected martial artist, he fails to see the bad scripting and wooden acting.
  • Sergeant McDonald - Larry Poindextor! Plays an Army sergeant who shouts at everything, including the dumbed down plot line
  • The Lion - Gary Conway! Some drug dealer who wears white suits with bad toupees.
  • Everyone else seems to be rejects from an old Star Trek film, because they are red shirt ensigns.

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The Plot: 

The movie centers around a small Caribbean island where US Marines are 'becoming lost' - kidnapped by men in black suits. Fortunately, two American military men are there to help (Dudikoff and James), they find out that ninja are kidnapping these Marines to an unknown island, and soon try to go to the island, only to be double-crossed by some US Marines.

When they return Dudikoff and James befriend a lady whose father (a brilliant scientist) has also been kidnapped to the same island. Soon they find out that a powerful drugs baron who's rollin' in money decides to extend his power by making genetically engineered super ninja.

By this point, I lost what was happening to the film, it became far too stupid - ninja aren't born, they are taught the art. Which genes are the ninja ones? It gets even sillier when we are told that they are going to use metal instead of bones.

Every ninja you see gets their butt kicked in one way or another, even the drug baron's henchman gets his ass kicked - and very easily... ...why did they even bother with this crappy film I have no idea.

The ninja employed by drug barons could have been better done as well as the overall plot line.

The end is of course a massive explosion on the island.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • There is a ninja gene.
  • If you want to create a band of super ninja from ninja genes you have to kidnap US Marines.
  • Yelling to a ninja to "stay down" during a fight usually works.
  • Getting cut across the stomach with a samurai sword doesn't hurt as much when you have a piece of rope in your mouth.
  • Walking between two large boulders on a remote island full of ninja is not a good idea
  • Ninja always attack from large boulders.
  • Ninja are ridiculously easy to beat.
  • Ninja are red shirt ensigns, literally.
  • The US Army always investigates things to do with the US Marines, and vice versa.
  • Drug lords always wear white suits.
  • A very small amount of explosives and chemicals will blow up a huge warehouse and its entire contents.
  • In order to go undercover, the Army dresses as Marines.
  • Dudikoff looks far better in a Marine uniform than he does in a Army uniform.
  • Praying/meditating in a certain way produces a gunpowder-type explosion in front of you.
  • Genetic Scientists rant on about ethics, yet are very happy to use explosives and volatile chemicals.
  • The US Marines are populated with party crazy teenagers.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • The fight sequence where Steve James yells to a ninja to stay down
  • And that's about it really, the end fight sequence is just lame.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note amerininjaii1.wav McDonald: "Last I heard you were still married."
Tommy: "No, just 'cause I'm on diet doesn't mean I can't look at the menu right?"
Green Music Note amerininjaii2.wav Wild Bill: "Ninja, what the hell are ninja?"
Jackson: "They're a secret Japanese society expert in the art of assassination."
Green Music Note amerininjaii3.wav Wild Bill: "This is the most ridiculous story I've heard in my life, are you telling me that my other four men were abducted by these same ninja?"
Armstrong: "Yes sir."
Green Music Note amerininjaii4.wav Wild Bill rants about ninja, drug pushers, and his breasts.

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Reply #1. Posted on December 02, 1999, 06:09:07 AM by Goreomedy
I think I saw this on USA Up all night, years ago when Gilbert was still hosting.  What a piece of s**t film!  The battle in the rocks has got to be the lamest choreographed fight ever to be captured on celluloid.... er.... video.
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Reply #2. Posted on December 02, 1999, 04:34:08 PM by Beavis and Butthead
     Aren't those guys in the red shirts from Star Trek?  Huh huh huh...  Then why are they trying to act like they're ninjas or somethin?  Hehhehheh.....  They suck.  Better look out for the Klingon ninjas near Uranus buttmunch.  That Michael Dudikoff looks sorta like that David Hasslehoff guy.  They both suck.  Henhhehhenhhuhhuhhuh pull my finger American Ninja........  **FART**  You suck.
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Reply #3. Posted on June 21, 2000, 01:53:23 AM by
By tha way, Mike Stone (the bad ninja) is in the black belt hall of fame but I don't remember seeing your names in there so who are you to judge what is bad fight choreograpy. I guarantee the million dollar home Michael Dudikoff just bought, along with the Harley Davidson he paid cash for, and the four cars in his driveway says he doesen't give a damn what you genusies say!!!!!
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Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by MADMAX
The Movie sucks, there is a lot of errors. Ninjas are suppose to be the best but in this movie ninjas are s**t.
For eg: In the scene where the ninjas are fighting where the boulders are one knock to the ninjas and there down. but
in the scene with the ninja getting draged behind the pick-up he never seems to give up. The Drug Leader, the one dressed in a white suite looked like a dummy, his hair and mouth look fake. THIS MOVIE IS 100% CRAP.
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Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jim Hepler
I have yet to see this one (seen 1 and 4, and parts of 3), but I'd just like to say - some people don't watch bad movies with the right attitude.  This series is friggin hilarious, I personally think most of the stuff done badly is done INTENTIONALLY badly.  

Oh yeah, and Ninjas were NOT the best.  That's just a myth movies seem to like saying, and then they often throw in the Bushido code of honor.  And of course, Bushido was the code for the SAMURAI.  Ninja were just masters of stealth and assassination technique, since they had no code of honor bad men OR good men could use them.  Interestingly, there were also a number of Female ninja, despite what the American Ninja movies suggest.  Ninja swords were vastly inferior to Samurai swords - you couldn't really inflict the same kind of damage with them, you generally had to STAB instead of slash, and the blade was so dull you could use it as a sort of hammer (since many ninja were farmers in their normal life).

Throwing stars were not usually lethal unless poisoned, they generally were to throw down following enemies, since Ninjas would assassinate and run.  Also, sometimes they would deliberately nick guards with a few throwing stars - to continue the image that they could become invisible at will.
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Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Tom
Your wrong. Ninjas knew deadly styles of hand to hand combat known as Tai Jutsu. They learned this in first 3 sets of 9 sets style. The last would go into internal martial arts.knowing what you're opponent does or will do, by predicting or other things I forgot I read. They were raised since childhood as Ninjas and practised or were brought up that way. The Sumury greatly feared them and they were known as the ultimate warriors. They were like assasins with absolutly no fear or remourse for their life or anyone elses. You should read "Ninja: And their secret fighting style" by Stephen Hayes (sp?).
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Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by saurav
after only having seen american ninja 4 i didnt quite know what to expect, and yes although its awfully acted and in some places the fight choreography is bad on the whole there's enough bone crunching testosterone driven ninja and chop socky action for martial arts fans: just dont expect A Beautiful Mind or Saving Private Ryan and you can have a great time; dont be put off by the first fight on the rocks and beach that is pretty lame but it gets better: and thankfully most of the irritating characters get killed off(like that guy Taylor man he acts bad!)....if you want bad, see American Ninja 3, that is 90 minutes long and feels about 4 times as long
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Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by BlackStarNinja
     The movie would of been alot better if it was more choreographed and action- packed.  Every fight in the movie was boring with no creative fighting techniques or nothing like Jet Li moves.  I mean ninjas are supposed to be the most deadly and dicsiplined martial artist in the world and this movie makes them look like p***ys.  And michael dudikoff is cool but sucks at acting.

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