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American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  1 May 1987 (USA)
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On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Charlie McDonald
Gary Conway ...
Leo 'The Lion' Burke
Capt. 'Wild Bill' Woodward (as Jeff Weston)
Michelle Botes ...
Alicia Sanborn
Mike Stone ...
Tojo Ken
Len Sparrowhawk ...
Pat McCarthy
Jonathan Pienaar ...
Tommy Taylor
Bill Curry ...
Inspector Singh
Dennis Folbigge ...
Sir Cloudsly Smith
Elmo Fillis ...
Ralph Draper ...
Professor Sanborne
John Pasternack ...
Vesuvius (as John Pasternak)
Gary Ford ...
Ambassador Scruggs


On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

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Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Ninja 2  »

Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)


$4,000,000 (USA)

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Although the original film was one of Cannon's few hits, the company greatly slashed the budget for the sequel when they hit financial trouble. See more »


At one point Joe and Curtis are wearing the US Army Class A service uniform. They wear identical ribbons, and both of them wear their ribbons in the incorrect order. The correct order would be the Army Achievement Medal by itself, centered on the second row, with the bottom row consisting of the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the US Army Overseas Service Ribbon, left to right (as you face it) in that order. See more »


Wild Bill Woodward: Ninja? What the hell are ninja?
Curtis Jackson: They're a secret Japanese society expert in the art of assassination.
Wild Bill Woodward: Tell me, what would Japanese assassins be doing in this part of the world, taking a vacation?
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Written by Craig Behrhorst and Chris Atchison
Performed by Ruffians
Produced by Paul Zahl
Courtesy of Victory Records
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Cheap and cheerful Ninja fun!.
24 August 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Don't go into this expecting a Steven Seagal or Van Damme type movie. This was made when the Ninja was big on the small screen. I've seen countless Videos of Ninja movies, but this one, with Ninja III:The Domination, stuck in the mind.

Looking back on it, this movie somewhat tacky now but it's about entertainment more than anything. The story is feeble, but you want to see this for the action above anything else.

Steve James is about the only one in the film that acts really, I really can't see how he never made top billing around all the cardboard actors on screen. I saw this movie many years ago and thought it was an excellent movie back in my "Ninja phase", it's bad in places and fun in others. Don't go into this with a straight face, try and enjoy it as a fun "straight to video" movie.

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