“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Friday, May 29, 2015
Ninja of the Magnificence (1988)
How bad is it? It just might be the worst Godfrey Ho film, which is saying something. Should you see it? Yes, but be prepared for a suckfest.
You can always tell a ninja by the English "Ninja" headband.
Godfrey Ho made a lot of films where he took a film, edited in some unrelated ninja footage and then retitled it; this is perhaps the prime example. A pupil avenges his master's death; a different pupil seeks revenge against two other bad guys; those films never come together. Terrible dialogue, often between people in different films (even the film stock belies it), often with adults sounding like children - a sub-plot about pottery that I can't explain, a guy who buries himself to lie in wait, and ninjas dressed in day-glo neon jumpsuits... it's a mess. I'm not sure, but I think there are alternate versions of this with different running times, just adding to the confusion.