Sunday, October 10, 2010

Kosugi x Three

Thanks to a heads up from xWhitakersNeckx I was able to DVR 3 old school ('80s) ninja flicks on MGMHD. These played during the day so I watched NFL games then caught these in the evening. First up was Franco Nero as the White Ninja in Enter the Ninja (1981) as he ultimately faces off against his ninja school rival Black Ninja (Sho Kosugi) after he takes on Christopher George and his thugs. Some pretty good character moments and a great bar scene. Also some stupid plot devices. Overall this is a mostly hilarious watch and should be enjoyed with others. 6.7/10

Next film stars Sho Kosugi as the main character in Revenge of the Ninja (1983), a film I watched this many times growing up but probably haven't seen this in 25 years. It boils down to Kosugi getting hoodwinked into running an import business by evil drug dealers led by a Master Level Ninja in a silver mask. This flick also features an unforgettable fight between a little kid (Kosugi's real life son) and this hot buxom blonde. 6.5/10

Final film in my Sunday ninja trilogy is one I don't recall seeing before today: Pray for Death (1985), yet another Sho Kosugi vehicle. This time his family tries to make a go of it in big city of Houston (apparently Kosugi's ninja identity is hidden from his family who watches him perform on TV). Things go south when Kosugi gets pulled into some kind of crime syndicate and ends up fighting Silver Claw Ninja. Easily the least unintentionally comedic of the three today but still quite good. 6.5/10
  • October New: 17
  • October Re-watch: 6
  • October Total: 23
  • 2010 TOTAL: 607

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