Pray For Death

1985 Transworld Entertainment Directed by Gordon Hessler Produced by Don Van Atta Written by James Booth Sho Kosugi made PRAY FOR DEATH after the popular and successful “Ninja Trilogy” he did for Cannon Films: “Enter The Ninja” “Revenge of The Ninja” and “Ninja III: The Domination.” And if you don’t mind taking some advice, I’d […]

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Enter The Ninja

1981 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Menahem Golan Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by Dick Desmond/Story by Mike Stone Music by W. Michael Lewis/Laurin Rinder Cinematography by David Gurfinkel Edited by Michael J. Duthie/Mark Goldblatt I can hear some wise ass in the back saying; “If this is the first movie in the […]

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Ninja III: The Domination

1984 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Sam Firstenberg Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by James R. Silke Music by Udi Harpaz/Misha Segal Cinematography by Hanania Baer What’s the one thing movie fans can unite behind no matter their race, religion or film preference? Remakes. Mention to movie fans that there’s going to be […]

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Revenge of The Ninja

1983 Cannon Films/MGM/UA Directed by Sam Firstenberg Produced by Yoram Globus & Menahem Golan Written by James Silke Music by W. Michael Lewis/Laurin Rinder/Robert J. Walsh Cinematography by David Gurfinkel Edited by Michael J. Duthie/Mark Helfrich/Daniel Wetherbee He never achieved the same level of popularity that say, Chuck Norris or Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven […]

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Golden Needles

1974 American International Pictures Directed by Robert Clouse Produced by Fred Weintraub Written by S. Lee Pogostin and Sylvia Schneble Cinematography by Gil Hubbs Edited by Michael Kahn Music by Lalo Schifrin “In China during The Sung Dynasty; a single golden statue was cast for the use of The Emperor. It indicated seven forbidden acupuncture […]

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Gymkata

1985 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Directed by Robert Clouse Produced by Fred Wentraub Written by Charles Robert Carner Based on “The Terrible Game” by Dan Tyler Moore Cinematography by Godfrey A. Godar Edited by Robert A. Ferretti Music by Alfi Kabiljo There are martial arts movies. And then there are Martial Arts Movies. But there is only one […]

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Hot Potato

1976 Warner Bros. Pictures Directed and Written by Oscar Williams Produced by Fred Weintraub and Paul Heller Cinematography by Ronald Garcia Edited by Peter E. Berger Jim Kelly’s “Black Belt Jones” was such a beloved Blaxplotation/Martial Arts Movie hit and so enjoyed by so many people that over the years that whenever I get into […]

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Black Belt Jones

BLACK BELT JONES 1974 Warner Brothers Directed by Robert Clouse Produced by Fred Weintraub Written by Fred Weintraub and Oscar Williams Cinematography by Kent L. Wakeford Edited by Michael Kahn Music by Luchi DeJesus When it comes to the subject of martial arts movies there isn’t a sane human being alive that would argue that […]

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The Man With The Iron Fists

2012 Universal Pictures Directed by Rza Produced by Eli Roth and Marc Abraham Written by Rza and Eli Roth Cinematography by Chi Ying Chan Edited by Joe D’Augustine Music by Rza/Howard Drossin It’s not necessary for you to have watched 1970’s Kung Fu movies as obsessively as I did and still do to enjoy THE […]

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The Killer Elite

1975 United Artists Directed by Sam Peckinpah Produced by Martin Baum Screenplay by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant Based on the novel “Monkey In The Middle” by Robert Rostand Cinematography by Philip Lathrop Edited by Tony de Zarraga/Monte Hellman Music by Jerry Fielding THE KILLER ELITE is most definitely a lesser Peckinpah entertainment. But lesser […]

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