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The Black Ninja
The Black Ninja
Actors: Larry Beyah, James Brister Jr., Carla Brothers, Michael Chance, Nicky DeMatteo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
NR     2003     1hr 31min


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Actors: Larry Beyah, James Brister Jr., Carla Brothers, Michael Chance, Nicky DeMatteo
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Martial Arts, Comedy
Studio: Mti Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/14/2003
Original Release Date: 01/14/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/14/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Caped Crusader
Mr. Snrub | out there in la la land | 08/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I truly am the world's worst critic when it comes to martial arts movies. At least half my DVD collection consists of martial arts movies.

I was truly at a loss for words after seeing THE BLACK NINJA. I just could not decide if I loved it or hated it. I bought this movie for about $15, and I'll be the first to say that I probably spent a hell of alot more buying THE BLACK NINJA than the filmmakers spent making it.

Most of the "budget" probably went to the Black Ninja costume which look like a cross between the costumes of ZORRO and IRON MONKEY, although I'm stumped as to how he's sees out of that mask.(Don't be fooled by the DVD box art;Clayton Prince never wears anything that look like that.)

That's just as well, too, since the costume, a silly but very comic book like costume, is the only decent special effect in the movie. This film had to have been shot on video, the picture is so incredily crummy by any standard.

However, the martial arts action is a different story. While nothing spectacular, is competantly coreographed, and features a few really nice moves. In particular, a rather short but totally sweet fight between the Black Ninja and a small, yet lethal henchman features some impressive blackflips, somersaults, and spinning kicks.

There's also the use of what I like to call "punch'n crunch" sound effects every time a blow lands. This appears often in direct-to-video martial arts flicks. And there are also triple takes on many kicks; you'll see what I mean when you see it.

Clayton Prince is a fine actor, and appears to be a competant martial artist. While I can't excuse the complete lack of budget, and the short (TWO WEEKS!!!!) filming schedule, the martial arts action works fairly well, the BLACK NINJA theme song is catchy (if a bit outdated), and I find it hard to not like a film that is funny both when it is and is not supposed to be.

So, if Clayton Prince is reading review right now, I'd like to tell him: Clayton, you clearly wanted wanted to make a cool kung fu movie, and you sort of accomplished that here. So, next time, take the budget, multiply it by 1,000, extend the shooting schedule by no less than one month, and get together a few competant martial artists, and make BLACK NINJA 2.

That could send you on your way to being the next Wesley Snipes."
What a horribly great movie
Mr. Snrub | 06/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Quite possibly the worst movie ever. Wow. The guy who plays the Black Ninja isn't a bad actor, he just can't write or direct. It is hilarious though..."
It's so bad it's great, you will laugh your butt off
Parris Z. Moore | madison NJ | 04/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I could not believe my eyes when I saw this film. I heard it was crazy and kooky it went beyond that! The acting is bizarre, the characters are strange, the fighting is crazy, but best of all you can show this to your kids, (not very bloody at all,) and kids will like the stupid humor.
This has got to be the best of the worst, if they did this on purpose then they are geniuses.
Get it and than laugh at it! then see it again!"
Best of the worst?
Victor Om Shanti | San Diego, CA USA | 01/03/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Currently, this movie costs $89 to buy and $4 to rent. Combine the two sums and you've probably spent more on it than the producers of this class trash! Two things are immediately remarkable about this movie. First, the fiften seconds, combined, comprising the opening and closing animation sequences have production values which are immensely better than the actual movie. Second, by all accounts, the movie accomplishes its primary task, it's actually entertaining. Someone called this DTV a "blaxploitation" movie. I don't think so. While the majority of the cast is Black, this effort exploits all races, Black, White and Asian with equal opportunity.
Entertain yourself, and do the the writer/director/star a favor by renting it now, and buying it as soon as the purchase price drops below $20. The pre-feature preview promos on the VHS rental copy of "The Black Ninja" for "Pimps Up,Ho's Down" and "Welcome to the Terror Dome" are, in and of themselves, worth the price of popcorn. The former for its sheer audacity, the latter for its hint that things could be exponentially worse in every way that "art" might be.
Don't confuse this effort with the Chris Kelly title of the same name. Clayton Prince is head (but not shoulders. He's taller.) above that star in acting ability and modesty. Where else, have you ever seen a movie whose credits start with "written and directed by me" (sic), above the head of the star/writer/director?
Let's put it this way, if "Gigli" and "The Black Ninja"
were competing for the Best Picture Oscar(TM), "Gigli" would win for production values, "The Black Ninja" would win for entertainment value!"