In Japan of the Tokugawa Ieyasu period, a young ninja named Genbu wantonly kills samurai and other government officials, leaving his clan to face the blame. When they hunt him down, Genbu and his wife Akane sail to China both to escape their wrathful kinsmen and for Genbu to complete his revenge by finding the last man he holds responsible for his father's death.
That man, Fukusa, leads a peaceful life as a mirror maker under the name of Uncle Fu. He has a young protégé, Sun Jing, a smug martial artist who constantly tries to prove himself by taking up every opportunity to fight. Jing also constantly teases his lecherous servant Chee and takes few things very seriously. When he sees his surrogate father attacked, Jing immediately rushes to his aid, but after several clashes he finds out that he and the ninja are evenly matched.
This movie is everything what people want from a martial arts movie. It contains incredible stunts sometimes with wire works. It has Kung Fu magic. It's full of ninja trickery and there is a lot of comedy. Ninja in the Dragon's Den therefore is without a doubt one of the best martial movies ever made in history. Still it is very difficult to get a hold of a decent or affordable copy on DVD or Blu ray in the original language. I have watched the film dubbed in English and German. And you know what despite that handicap I was not bothered by this at all. Since the action alone is superb. I know I already said it but let me state it again that the martial arts is more than excellent in this film. A young Conan Lee and Hiroyuki Sanada (The last samurai, The promise) show their magnificent skills whenever they can. Both of them bring to the screen what the fans want. Do I really need to tell you that the story does not matter that much? The introduction of this movie reminded me of several other movies about ninja's made in the Eighties! You know the ones where each ninja show what they are capable of. But something about it is off like it is meant as a parody of (or tribute to) the other ninja movies made around that time. Or maybe I am looking too much into it and I got distracted by the use of the theme music. Perhaps it was just a way to capitalize on the popularity of the Ninja films. Whatever they were going for compared to those cut and paste Godfrey Ho ninja films Ninja in the Dragon's Den is far superior. But how can it not be since director Corey Yuen made sure the action and the stunts were top notch.So do check this one out if you have never done before. It's a martial arts classic that deserves your attention.
Chinese kung fu squares off against Japanese ninjitsu in this early offering from top action director Cory Yuen. Light on plot development, but more than making up for that in the fight department, Ninja in the Dragon's Den is a crazy no-holds barred piece of ninja silliness that any fan of fun martial arts films should see.Conan Lee (a Jackie Chan lookalike with impressive acrobatic skills) plays Jay, an accomplished fighter who owes his martial arts abilities to Uncle Foo, a disgraced ninja who has fled to China after defeat in battle.When a mysterious attacker almost succeeds in killing Uncle Foo, Jay steps in to protect his mentor. After a series of impressive battles between the two, the attacker is revealed to be Jin-wu (Hiroyuki Sanada), the son of a ninja who was killed in battle alongside Uncle Foo, who is mistakenly convinced that the old man was responsible for his father's death.After finding out that the elderly ninja was not responsible, Jin-wu teams up with Jay in a battle to the death against a common foeThe Magician (Hwang Jang Lee), the father of a character bested by Jay in a fight earlier in the film.From the opening ninja training scenes to the final showdown, Cory Yuen continuously displays his amazing ability to choreograph and direct jaw-dropping action sequences: witness Conan Lee kicking the Bull Demon's butt in an amazing fight on stilts; Marvel as Jin-wu goes sword-to-sword and then hand-to-hand against a scarred ninja master; laugh at the ultimate battle as comedy and action are delivered in equal doses and a pair of breasts save the day (!).Although belief must be suspended from time-to-time (particularly in one sequence in which Jay utilises a double sided sheet, a plethora of booby traps and some 'silver dust' to give himself the advantage in battle), Ninja in the Dragon's Den is superb entertainment and well worth a watch.
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The first Japanese ninja film made it to the big screen in 1957, where Ninja was portrayed in a faithful and realistic manner. The character was played by Toshiro Mifune, who by that time, made his place in the Japanese cinema. Later The Shinobi no Mono had seven sequels!
On the contrast with 60s and 70s, the 80s was a turning point. Eric Van Lustbader released his novel The Ninja, which sparked a massive interest of the American audience. But it never made it to the movie as Enter the Ninja was released by the Cannon Pictures and became a blockbuster, resulting in the massive popularity of the best ninja movies.
More than 115 different 80s ninja movies were released by Ho, which is truly an impressive number. Each contained the word Ninja, somewhere in the title. Some of the movies were re-released under different names, and the exact number of his movies is unknown.
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They became remembered for the Death Wish sequels with Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris action films. But most of all people know them for igniting a worldwide ninja mania with an anthology series which consisted of Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination all starring Sho Kosugi, as well as producing the first two American Ninja films.
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