Ninja: The Final Duel (1986) VHS Vison Review 1 – A Wild, Crazy, and Action Packed 80’s Martial Arts Feast the Way It Should Be!
OK, readers. now that I got you attention with a couple of nice caps of Alice Tseng in action in the Nude to Kung Fu, this is the first in a series of VHS Vision reviews of films that will possibly NEVER see the official DVD light of Blu Ray Day, or whatever else you want to call it – some for VERY obvious reasons, especially due to the “Name That Tune” nature of the soundtracks of Ninja films. A lot of these films will obviously contain screencaps that will not seriously be at the height of Digital Image Clarity, but will at least contain a lot of WTF moments that will make up for a lot of things. I carefully choose for you!
Back in The 80’s, there were a lot of wild King Fu films that seriously were among the wildest films to reach some movie screens or you TV, and it’s safe to say that some of the films of Robert Tai will please in terms of true out there entertainment – he even did the Spaghetti Western Meets Martial Arts flick Trinity Goes East which will not be a favorite of SW fans, but will provide some guilty pleasures for those who turn off their brain cells. Ninja: The Final Duel, which has been said to be the second part of a three film series, is a major head turner and a half that deserves a view by those who want their Martial Arts served crazy from the first scene on.
The main plot is that after a failed attack on the Shaolin Temple back in film 1, the laughing maniac leader of the Ninja Clan wants to try again after his brother committed sepukku, and with him is an army of Ninjas that will seriously wear the most outlandish costumes, break ice, go underground like Bugs Bunny (you have to see it to believe it) and ride the silliest invention known for these films – The Giant (Inflatable) Water Spiders. If this is starting to sound like a wild Anime gone real, you’re right. First you get treated to the Ninjas in practice.
After the showing of all of the “Elements” involved, we are then treated to Wong Chi Chow (Lo, in Full Bruce Battle Mode although seen in thigh high socks through half of the film – protects the legs though!) as he proves himself ready for battle, complete with the sounds of a Drummer who you would wish would have done something like the Drum Solo of “In a Gadda Da Vida” than the steady Beat. It’s both hilarious and intense including the Swastika Formation scene and the final Walk-On-Their-Heads moment that makes him win the practice battle as the sand clock runs out, but not the approval to join the Japanese Shaolin, inspiring him to travel to China to learn the secrets of the Buddhist Monks resulting in many fights along the way.
You know how this is going to go already, Chow meets his love Peng Yi (Cheng looking great) who’s killed by the Ninja Tiger Claw Squad in the middle of the film while meeting up with various characters including Krishnas, and The jive talking Black Monk (Eugene Thomas) who side with him. The sidekick gets kidnapped by the ninja clan, and there is a great finale featuring wild fights against the Ninja Clan leader highlighted by one with the Black Monk and Wong’s getting close to victory, but of course there has to be a cliffhanger for Movie Three as the Evil Laughing Ninja Clan Leader laughs off the screen. Enough writing, let’s get to more clips. Seeing is believing, and anyone’s high rating of this mad flick is not enough.
Part of the “Tiger Claw Element” fashion. This one’s pretty cool, though!
The “Underground Element” or the script writing session? Minds want to know!
He does a LOT of that through the film. Just as much as you will be asking what you have just seen…and watching it again. Ninja: The Final Duel ranks as a flick you have to check out, seriously!
He may have said enough, but that was for Peng to get something on. Still, you will not get enough of this film!