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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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Sgt. Charlie McDonald
Gary Conway ...
Leo 'The Lion' Burke
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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 ...
Toto
Ralph Draper ...
Professor Sanborne
John Pasternack ...
Vesuvius (as John Pasternak)
Gary Ford ...
Ambassador Scruggs
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Storyline

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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1 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Ninja 2  »

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Prior to the film's release in 1987, several cuts had to be made in order to recieve it's "R" rating due to excessive close-ups in various fight scenes. See more »

Goofs

There are numerous errors in procedure during the meeting with the CO in the beginning of the movie. The army salutes its superior officers even indoors. Also instead of going to attention they go at ease. Even then there's a mistake as Joe goes at ease with his hand in front of him instead of behind. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Singh: I'll see if I can find Mr. Burke for you.
Wild Bill Woodward: [referring to Sgt. Singh with a sneer] Catch that little weasel!
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Connections

Followed by American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990) See more »

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Slippin' Sands
Written and Performed by Michael Bishop
Produced by Barry Rudolph
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User Reviews

An improvement over the first movie
15 May 2004 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Steve James originally didn't want to appear in this first sequel, since it was to be shot in South Africa (which was still under apartheid). He later admitted that he had a lot of fun making the movie, which is evident onscreen. Like the first movie, James steals the show from Dudikoff, both in his martial arts skills and with a bouncy performance that makes him a treat to watch. The best that can be said about Dudikoff's performance is that he seems to be a lot more comfortable in front of the camera than he was the first time around. He's still very unemotional, has almost no dialogue, and it's still clear he knows little to nothing about martial arts, seeing how he does pretty simple moves (when not being doubled.)

Despite the movie being weighed down by Dudikoff's presence, it's still a fun movie, certainly better than the first movie. The locations are eye-catching, giving the movie a nice backdrop. The pace is quicker, giving us little chance to be bored between the action sequences. And there's certainly plenty of action, with dozens of ninjas popping up everywhere at any time. Yes, there is a cheesiness to the entire enterprise, from George Clinton's synthesizer score to the ludicrous scheme of the villain... but hey, it's a *fun* kind of cheese, one that makes you smile instead of grit your teeth. Sometimes a little silliness is what the doctor ordered, and it's also a nostalgic blast for those into '80s actioners.


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