American Ninja

American Ninja (1985)

The deadliest art of the Orient is now in the hands of an American.

  • Genre: Action
  • Release Date: 1985-08-30
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 398 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Cannon Group
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Sam Firstenberg
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Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter with little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap the base colonel's daughter.

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  • Michael Dudikoff

    as Pvt. Joe Armstrong
  • Steve James

    as Cpl. Curtis Jackson
  • Judie Aronson

    as Patricia Hickock
  • Guich Koock

    as Col. William T. Hickock
  • John Fujioka

    as Shinyuki
  • Don Stewart

    as Victor Ortega
  • John LaMotta

    as MSgt. Rinaldo
  • Tadashi Yamashita

    as Black Star Ninja
  • Phillip Brock

    as Pvt. Charley Madison
  • Tony Carreon

    as Older Colombian
  • Roi Vinzon

    as Younger Colombian
  • Richard Norton

    as MP
  • Henry Strzalkowski

    as Bit Part (uncredited)
Directing Sam Firstenberg Director
Writing Paul De Mielche Screenplay
Writing James R. Silke Screenplay
Production Yoram Globus Producer
Production Menahem Golan Producer
Sound Michael Linn Original Music Composer
Camera Hanania Baer Director of Photography
Editing Michael J. Duthie Editor
Editing Andy Horvitch Editor
Editing Peter Lee-Thompson Editor
Editing Marcus Manton Editor
Editing Marcel Mindlin Editor
Editing Daniel Wetherbee Editor
Writing Avi Kleinberger Story
Writing Gideon Amir Story
Production Avi Kleinberger Producer
Production Ken Metcalfe Producer
Production Gideon Amir Producer
Production Perry Bullington Casting
Production Robert MacDonald Casting
Production Ken Metcalfe Casting
Art Adrian Gorton Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Audrey M. Bansmer Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Totoy Cerna Assistant Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Editha Sanchez Assistant Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Tony Artieda Makeup Artist
Crew Steven Lambert Stunt Coordinator
Crew Steven Lambert Stunt Double