Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ninja Champion (1986)

aka Ninja Connection, aka Poisonous Rose Stripping the Night, aka Poisonous Rose of Night

How bad is it? Not the worst Godfrey Ho ninja film of 1986, but that's damning with faint praise.
Should you see it? Yes, if you've never seen a Godfrey Ho film before. It's one of the more interesting ones.

 I'm guessing those are the Chinese ideograms for "Ninja."

This is the third consecutive Godfrey Ho ninja film from 1986 I've covered and there won't be a fourth. Once again, he took an apparently unfinished film and spliced in footage of Richard Harrison as a ninja fighting others (including Dragon Lee), without explanation and with the bad guys frequently just showing up and disappearing again. One guy disappears mid-jump. It's a film where a woman seeks revenge for a rape, so she becomes a diamond smuggler (don't expect logic) who hides the diamonds in her breasts. In the shot where this surprise is revealed, her breasts and most of the bottom half of the screen is weirdly obscured, though we see her topless frequently later. The woman often changes shoes four or five times per scene, if you seek continuity errors. In the version I saw, Sho Kosugi (unbilled) introduces the film, never to be seen again. There's a scene where one character explains the plot to another, though they share no scenes. Music lifted from "Star Wars" and "Dark Side of the Moon" is used. There's an identical twin sub-plot. The masked rapists are identified by "female intuition." [My head hurts.]

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