The Ninja Trilogy
A trio of crazed martial-arts classics from the 80s starring Sho Kosugi, The Ninja Trilogy consists of Enter The Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination. The wild world of Cannon Films rarely became more delirious or influential than this trio of rollicking, crazed action classics. Beginning with Enter the Ninja, the movies spearheaded a craze for the titular martial-arts assassin that spiralled throughout the decade and beyond, but this eccentric trilogy still stands alone.
Directed by Hollywood legend Menahem Golan (The Delta Force), Enter the Ninja - featuring Franco Nero and Susan George - deals with a couple on oil-rich land in the Philippines under siege from a ruthless industrialist.
Follow-ups Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja III: The Domination are directed by Sam Firstenberg (American Ninja). Revenge of the Ninja moves the action to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Cho and his son Kane begin a new life after their family is killed in Japan. After opening a doll shop, a criminal betrayal leads to an almighty showdown. Ninja III: The Domination unleashes the tale of an aerobics instructor possessed by an evil ninja’s spirit to gain revenge from beyond the grave.
All three films feature Sho Kosugi, establishing him at the time of original release, as the most visible and sought after ninja actor in the world.
Here's the trailer for Enter The Ninja:
And here's the trailer for Revenge of the Ninja:
The Ninja Trilogy is being released on a 5-Disc Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition from Eureka Classics. This release includes a range of Special Features including:
- High-definition presentations of all three films
- Commentaries, interviews and trailers
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
- A booklet featuring new writing and archival imagery