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American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)

An expert fighter leads an assault on the island lab of a madman making a virus for terrorists.

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Cedric Sundstrom

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Avi Kleinberger (characters), Gideon Amir (characters) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ... Sean Davidson - 'The American Ninja'
Steve James ... Curtis Jackson
Marjoe Gortner ... The Cobra
Michele B. Chan ... Chan Lee (as Michele Chan)
Yehuda Efroni ... Gen. Andreas
Calvin Jung ... Izumo
Adrienne Pierce Adrienne Pierce ... Minister's Secretary (as Adrienne Pearce)
Evan J. Klisser Evan J. Klisser ... Dexter (as Ivan J. Klisser)
Grant Preston Grant Preston ... Minister of Interior
Mike Huff Mike Huff ... Dr. Holger
Alan Swerdlow Alan Swerdlow ... Police Captain
Thapelo Mofokeng Thapelo Mofokeng ... Police Sergeant
Eckard Rabe Eckard Rabe ... Sean's Father
Stephen Webber Stephen Webber ... Young Sean
Kevin Friedlander Kevin Friedlander ... Martial Artist
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Storyline

Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra", who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no choice but to fight the Cobra and his bands of ninjas. Written by Albert valentin <alby03@yahoo.com>

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Now his most deadly enemy ... is time. See more »

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Ninja 3 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$222,252, 26 February 1989

Gross USA:

$902,152

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$902,152
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Dudikoff turned down the lead role in this film for several reasons, among them being the fact that he didn't want to get burned out on martial-arts movies and didn't want to go back to South Africa--where American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) was made--as he was firmly against the apartheid movement and government in that country. He returned for the fourth "American Ninja" entry because it was to be filmed in the nearby African country of Lesotho. See more »

Goofs

When Sean is following the kidnappers with his mentor on to the roof, just when he reaches the bricked windowed house, you can see the kidnappers and the mentor waiting for their cue to get through the door. See more »

Quotes

Curtis Jackson: It's time for action. Let's go!
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German TV-Version misses a couple of scenes. Uncut Version is available on Video. See more »

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The Cobra Strikes
Written by George S. Clinton
Performed by George S. Clinton and Lisa Kauppi
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Not the same without Dudikoff...
30 December 2015 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

This was my first, and most likely also the last, time to watch "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt". It just wasn't an "American Ninja" movie without Michael Dudikoff. This third movie was more of a mutation between "Karate Kid" and "American Ninja", but it just never took hold on either account.

Sean, a boy who was orphaned and taken in by a Japanese and trained to be a ninja, is participating in a martial arts competition. But when he sees his sensei kidnapped, the martial arts competition become of no interest, and Sean sets out to find his kidnapped sensei and fight all the ninjas in his way.

Right... Seriously? Couldn't they have come up with something just a bit more original? Why boil soup on a formula already exhausted? The acting in this third installment to the "American Ninja" series was up to par with the previous movies, adequate but not particularly memorable.

As with the previous movies, you know exactly how the movie will unfold, as they used the same recipe three times by now.

And to top the icing on the cake, "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt" had an overly annoying piano score playing throughout a large part of the movie. I am sure it was intended to compliment the movie, but it just added a level of idiotic spoof to the atmosphere of the movie.

And it was especially entertaining to see Sean throw to arrows, yes throw, and killing two ninjas with them.

Despite lacking originality and the original "American Ninja" star then this third movie is adequate, albeit slightly less mediocre, in entertainment value.


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