Enter the Ninja

From crappy American ninja movies to guys with mullets wearing ninja pants and practicing their nunchuka skills in the park, Enter the Ninja spawned far more idiocy than it actually contains. Goofy action fun is all I need sometimes, and that’s all Enter the Ninja delivers.

Ghost of Yotsuya

Tokaido Yatsuya Kaidan is one of the most famous of all horrific Japanese legends. It’s been told and retold countless times via literature, word of mouth, kabuki theater, and of course film. The 1959 version directed by acclaimed master of Japanese horror Nakagawa Nobuo is generally regarded as the best of the movie versions.

The Soldier

The Cold War produced a lot of great films, or at least a lot of enjoyable ones. It also produced some godawful dreck, though even some of that dreck was at least entertaining. Cold War paranoia films took on many forms. In the 1950s, there were a lot of those “realistic” atomic war movies that…

Pray for Death

Just when you thought America’s cities were getting safer, you leave the house to walk down to the corner bodega and catch sight of a bunch of cops fighting with a ninja.

China Strike Force

The only thing memorable about this film is how good it might have been if someone else had directed. As has always been the case, Stanley Tong was given all the pieces for a great film and just couldn’t make them fit together. Awkward drama, awkward comedy, and awkward action sequences are tenuously strung together in what proves to be a very average film.

Uzumaki

Uzumaki is a film for people who like to be fucked with, who like to be unnerved, who like to get depressed and disturbed by a film out of nowhere, days or weeks after they’ve seen it. You’re sitting there, thinking happy thoughts, and all of a sudden you just feel creeped out.

Band of the Hand

A group of young hooligans are spirited away to the swamp, where they are trained and then set loose on the streets of Miami to bust up the local drug cartel in this stylish film produced by Michael Mann at the height of Miami Vice fame. Of all the television shows that have come and…

Revenge of the Ninja

Sho Kosugi, after doing time as the villain in Cannon Film’s first ninja movie, gets to step into the lead role for its second, one of the best ninja movies produced during the 1980s ninja craze. Sometimes, real life events contribute to the effectiveness of an on-screen story. A tremendous act of synchronicity results in…