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The Hunted (1995)

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A New Yorker on business in Nagoya meets a lady in the hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him. He sees the ninja boss' face. Ninjas try to kill him again but new samurai friends help, hide and train him.

Director:

J.F. Lawton

Writer:

J.F. Lawton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Paul Racine
John Lone ... Kinjo
Joan Chen ... Kirina
Yoshio Harada ... Takeda Sensei
Yôko Shimada ... Mieko Takeda
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Junko
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Oshima
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Lt. Wadakura
Tatsuya Irie Tatsuya Irie ... Hiryu
Michael Warren ... Chase
Bart Anderson Bart Anderson ... John
James Saito ... Nemura
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Dr. Otozo Yamura
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Ryuma
Ken Kensei ... Sujin
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Storyline

Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One night of passion. Centuries of hate. the battle has begun See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody ninja violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hunted See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,495, 26 February 1995

Gross USA:

$6,609,661

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,609,661
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fishing dock where Lambert & co. travel to the island is located in Steveston, BC. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the final ninja/samurai battle, Kinjo is seen drawing a sword from a scabbard on his back. Over the course of the fight, the scabbard disappears, reappears with another sword in it, then disappears again. See more »

Quotes

[Paul Racine, still injured, is carrying two buckets of coal]
Racine: [puffing] I wish I knew Japanese so I could tell this guy, I am not a donkey.
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Crazy Credits

Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
  • Daidoji Yuzan
16th century See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1996 UK video version was cut by 12 secs to remove all footage of Japanese throwing stars. The cuts were waived in 2001. See more »

Connections

References Highlander (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Thirty Blues
Written and Performed by Yoshinori Monta
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc.
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OK actioner with swordfights. But not quite Shogun Assassin!
12 May 2002 | by Bogey ManSee all my reviews

This film, The Hunted, is written and directed by the guy (J. F. Lawton) who wrote us the first Under Siege movie with Steven Seagal, directed by Andrew Davis. The Hunted stars Christopher Lambert who was OK in Highlander by Russell Mulcahy and who is not too bad action star. The Hunted is not a great movie but it should satisfy action fans, especially mainstream action fans.

Chris is an American businessman visiting Japan and he sees the secret face of a masterful assassin, somekind of a yakuza cult member/leader. Soon Christopher finds himself in the middle of bloody and fastly edited swordfights and understands that his life is what they want. He gets some help from a rival "gang" and now they must destroy the evil clan that is on their tail..

There is one extremely suspenceful sequence in a train, which is filled with evil ninjas and so no passenger is safe. The train goes fast and there's no way to escape. That sequence is a highlight of this film and proves that the director can direct great action scenes if he wants to. The film runs pretty long, approximately 1h 50 min in NTSC speed, but there are no significantly irritating boring moments and the film is easy to sit through.

We are not talking about a classic picture but it is nice to see that these kinds of films were still made by big studios in USA as "recently" as 1995. The fights are often bloody but not too bloody. If one is bored with PG13 crap and stupid films which try to make money as much as possible, then I suggest trying this film for example. And fans on Seagal, Damme and other action kickers/fighters should also like the often nihilistic attitude of The Hunted.

6/10 and I recommend this to action film fanatics especially!


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