What happened to Michael Dudikoff? Turns out American Ninja V was originally meant to be an unrelated Cannon film called American Dragons but got retitled at the last minute. Klisser, Grant Preston, Mike Huff, Eckard Rabe, Stephen Webber. This isn't to imply that something authentic was lost with Dudikoff's departure -- after all he does not look like a real ninja either -- but Bradley's presence instantly gives American Ninja 3: Blood Lust a very different vibe. The late Steve James returns to true form as Curtis Jackson. This means we get three different classic martial arts templates crammed into one - the tournament plot, revenge for dead parents and bringing down a powerful organisation - and none are carried through satisfactorily. However, saturation certainly can be improved.
They meet Dexter, a rabid fan of the duo. A true, blue, red-blooded American movie like this gets the ten star treatment! Why, the American Ninja, of course! Balance in the mid- and high registers is good, though it does not appear that the audio was remastered. Ironically, the actor who played that character, Gary Conway, came up with the story for this installment. I liked it when he deflects the ninja's action with an oar, and decks him with a crescent kick. Some of his best collaborations were with cult Spanish director Jess Franco.
Well that's not the problem there. The bad guy bites the dust after getting his butt kicked. His performance is charismatic, tender and genuinely likeable and the chemistry with Reyes is great. Classic '80s Michael Dudikoff was the man! Colors are stable, balanced and natural, never appearing artificially boosted. Indeed, the cinematography is very bland while the editing choices are frequently flat-out problematic. Personal life Year Title Role Notes 1997 Total Reality Anthony Rand Expect to Die Dr.
While Cannon's American Ninja franchise was far from the first time an occidental character mastered ancient Eastern arts, it distilled the idea to its simplest, most populist form. They're slick and enjoyable but rarely breathtaking. The funny thing is, when he announces his proposal for his germ warfare army, he tends to pull the preacher act to a tee, making it quite laughable. You can't watch this and not want him as your own cuddly big brother. American Ninja 2 was superior because it had Dudikoff, who was replaced by David Bradley in 3. At first they don't get on because Hiro is a wise-ass who would rather play his Game Gear than train but, when Joe's girlfriend Lisa Anne Dupont is kidnapped, they bond together to rescue her from the clutches of the ever-present evil scientists this time they're building a gas bomb or some shit but really, who cares? I thought David did a much better in the role of the lead hero than Dudikoff, but then again, I was never a Dudikoff fan so that's just my opinion.
He has no memory of his childhood and little exists on record about him so it's a mystery as to where he picked up his almost supernatural martial arts skills. This is definitely worth watching, don't get me wrong. In some of the fights Bradley actually looks pretty good, but elsewhere it feels like he is very much aware that the camera is pointed at him and is trying to come up with the very best moves. I guess I would think more along the lines of justice perhaps??? If you're still not satisified, there's a whole subplot relating to a post-apocalypse-style town called Sulfur Springs, that's full of leather-clad revolutionaries straight out of Mad Max 2! The fighting - choreographed by Mike Stone no less - is pedestrian too. Here, the villain is the Cobra, played by former child evangelist Marjoe Gortner. Lobby cards will ship as payment is confirmed in very strong package without bending. Cast: David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michelle Chan, Yehuda Efroni, Calvin Jung, Adrienne Pierce, Evan J.
American Ninja Former fashion model Michael Dudikoff makes his lead role debut here as Private Joe Armstrong, the defining character of the franchise. Joe and Jackson return and are sent to a lawless Caribbean island to solve the mystery of some disappearing marines. Although he sometimes gets blamed by fans for wrecking the franchise, Bradley is not actually bad at all. Sean and Jackson have no choice but to fight the Cobra and his bands of ninjas. The acting is a mixed bag.
This turns out to be a rather tricky deal as The Cobra dispatches an army of ninjas to take care of the Americans. The rhythm of the film is very different to the others as a result and, for the most part, it's boring. Ten years later, Sean has become an internationally ranked martial arts champion. This new 'Joe' is given a 12-year-old apprentice called Hiro Lee Reyes by his master Pat Morita and ordered to instruct him in the ancient arts. Not nearly as good as the previous two and that's really saying something. Martial arts movies and militaristic action movies in general were very big when I was a kid in the '80s, so you get both here! Klisser who is just painful to watch. None the less they are entertaining and a good action movies that suited for families.
I didn't think that this film was that bad. In terms of the villains, it seems like the screenwriters like using predatory animals for the names. Depth and clarity are quite good, but there seems to be a limit as to how much the lossless track can open up different segments. Sean then becomes a karate champion and goes to a world championship karate tournament at a paradise type island. When the two try to expose The Cobra and his dangerous plan to the authorities and are told that he is the biggest investor on the island and that the local economy depends on him, they decide to bring him down without external help. See the seller's listing for full details.