American Ninja 5 1995 PG-13 CC

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In this latest installment of the popular film series, David Bradley returns as a high-kicking martial arts expert and American soldier dedicated to protecting his country here and abroad.

Starring:
David Bradley, Lee Reyes
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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American Ninja 5

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Product Details

Genres Action, Comedy
Director Bob Bralver
Starring David Bradley, Lee Reyes
Supporting actors Anne Dupont, Pat Morita, James Lew, Clement von Franckenstein, Marc Fiorini, Aharon Ipalé, Norman Burton, Tadashi Yamashita, Jose Guanchez, Vincente Perez, Jose Salvado, Carlos Ruiz, Tommy Arias, Rufino Perez, Vicente Vasquez, Fabrizio Mummolo, Tony Morey, Francisco Moreno
Studio Cannon
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

At least it's not a boringly bad movie.
Mike Sehorn
To top it off, the music is some of the worst I have ever heard and belongs more to a made for cable Disney movie than a martial arts film.
Lunar Strain
When I watch a martial arts movie I am expecting horrible acting, cheesy dialogue, hokey script and bad one liners.
Zoe Paris

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on September 18, 2005
Format: DVD
I will state right off the bat that I have always been a fan of the American Ninja series. Yes I know they aren't art but I enjoy the cheesball action and performances. After viewing American Ninja 4, which was rather entertaining in its own B-grade way, I was looking forward to viewing American Ninja 5.

The hookey cover art through me for a loop at first. It's just a lame picture of the characters in the film in stupid poses and mist added in to make it look "mystic". I was hoping the movie would be more entertaining than the cover art led on. Sadly it wasn't.

Here we get the "PG-13/Karate Kid wanna-be" version of American Ninja. David Bradley (American Ninja 3 & 4) returns but this time he plays a different character. He plays Joe Castle and not Sean Davidson from American Ninja 3 & 4. I found that to be a little strange, but oh well. One of his friends (the guy from the Karate Kid series no less) drops off his grandson (named Hiro) for Bradley to look after. Bradley reluntantly agrees and even takes the kid on a date he has that night. His date gets kidnapped by, take a wild guess, a bunch of ninja and he and the annoying Hiro kid go off to South America to rescue her. This is where the story rips-off American Ninja 2. The Ninja are using Bradley's 'girlfriend' (even though he only new her for a day) as blackmail so her father will create a deadly gas. Snore, been there, done that, and better.

Another bummer is that now the great fight sequences are gone. The fights from the previous Ninja enstallments are more tamed down, kid friendly battle scenes with Hiro making stupid comments every now and then. It's as if the filmmakers were targeting fans of the Karate Kid series instead of fans the violent R-Rated American Ninja franchise. Mistake.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erbac on April 30, 2007
Format: DVD
When I heard of American Ninja 5 for the first time a few years ago, I thought to myself, I loved the first 4, I got to find this one. Well it's a good thing I didn't since I saw it one late night on Spike TV. Apparently it's a kiddie martial arts movie much more similar to 3 Ninjas than American Ninja. What made the people who made this movie decide to deceive people into thinking that this kid friendly ninja movie is a sequel to the rated R action of American Ninja 1-4? I suppose they wanted to capatalize on the success on 3 Ninjas and slap on the title of American Ninja at the same time actually thinking they would make more money or something.

It's not rated R, and David Bradley doesn't even play Sean Davidson this time. Maybe Michael Dudikoff wasn't available this time again like in part 3 and they thought, everyone wants to see a kid friendly movie instead of the 2 American ninjas teaming up again. What a joke. Instead they team up Bradley as a new character with a 10 year old who, although good at martial arts, but c'mon, he's 10. And if I remember correctly, there was actually ninja on rollerskates in this movie. Oh yeah, and the leader ninja actually wears a cape. Ninja don't wear capes. He looked more like an Asian Dr. Strange then a ninja.

I had heard the original title for this was actually American Dragons. It even had that title when it was on Spike TV. It must have done so bad that before they shipped it to stores they probably changed the title to grab fans of the American Ninja films. Luckily, I was not sucked in, I didn't buy this dvd, I wouldn't even buy it for a dollar. I might take it for free just to sell it to someone I hate. Actually, I wouldn't subject anybody to see this and would use it as a coaster instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoe Paris on November 1, 2010
Format: DVD
This movie really hit me hard...with IDIOCY! When I saw it on the IMDB `100 worst movies' I figured it would be bad. Nothing could prepare me for this movie. This is a formulaic, typical martial arts movie with extra cheese and no originality. Bad guys kidnap girl. Ninja master and troubled kid go on a quest to save her...You know the plot. We have seen a million times before and we already know the ending!

When I watch a martial arts movie I am expecting horrible acting, cheesy dialogue, hokey script and bad one liners. Fortunately, even the cheesiest martial arts films have GOOD ACTION, GORE AND LOTS OF FIGHTING! In this movie we don't even get the blood, gore and butt kicking...There aren't any heads lopped off with katana, shuriken stuck in someone's eyeball, or ANY of that cool stuff one would expect to find in a ninja movie. It was like someone took a mediocre action flick and edited all the gore out so it wouldn't scare kids under 6 years old.

I REALLY can't stand when movie writes can't make up their minds! A movie needs A TARGET AUDIENCE! It is a rare movie that can please all age groups so writers and directors must choose a group to gear it toward. These writers tried to make a movie to appeal to kids and adults but instead of writing a kids movie, they took a `grownup' script and watered it down to make it `kid friendly' losing the adult AND kid audience! Simply put= Kids don't CARE about secret scientific pesticide research and kidnapped older ladies and adults don't want to see bad acting, cliché, predictable plots with NO gore! No wonder this dreck bombed!

Is it a kid's movie? If so it needs more of the kid kicking butt. It also needs more `cool' gadgets and non-gory action which appeals to boys.
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