But hey, they both deliver where it counts and that's in the fights and action, and boy does Kosugi kick a whole lot of ass in this one, especially in the second half when he travels to Argentina and literally takes on an entire drug cartel, which, randomly and surprisingly consists of ninjas. American Ninjas 7:34 - Writer Chris Poggiali talks about the rise in popularity of the Ninja film in the U. Akira Kosugi has brought his wife and two boys to the United States in search of a better life. By the way, the grossly simplistic design of the Indigenous tribesmen in the film is especially racist and offensive to Indigenous persons. The action scenes are effective in that 80s ninja movie style, but they lack the intensity and brutality of Kosugi's 'Revenge of the Ninja'.
Perhaps by 1987 the filmmakers felt the whole Ninja Boom was on the wane and they would try out Sho as a cop. That's not to say Rage of Honor is not without it's share of unintentionally hilarious or plain cheesy moments, because it has a lot of both. Shiro Tanaka Sho Kosugi , a federal agent, earns the chagrin of the mob when he busts them for drug trafficking. Jest to dla niego znacznie więcej nie tylko sprawa honoru. Action fans are definitely going to want to get their hands on this release if only for the fantastic supplements that reveal interesting personal stories about Kosugi and the history of his short lived but memorable career.
This is where the trouble begins. It's been 9 long years since then and he's stayed away from film and television since then. As can be expected, in brighter scenes there is a pleasing amount of detail present. So go back to a time when men smoked in hotel lobbies and the prerequisite abandoned warehouses , and Sho ruled the video store shelves. Here, he wears the iconic new armoured ninja suit and duels with a whole host of elaborate custom-made weapons. Sho plays Akira Saito, a Japanese restauranteur with an American-born wife Aiko Donna Benz and two little kids Takeshi and Tomoya Kane and Shane Kosugi. However, part of this inane plot and unnecessary madness adds to the charm of the film.
I understand why assassins would dress up like ninjas if it was a part of their fighting style and strategic to their assassination, but why would the government send soldiers in broad day light to kill Kosugi in ninja outfits? While Shiro infiltrates Rova and virtually obliterates the operation and the personnel in an attempt to discover who betrayed Ray and him to Havlock, even getting himself arrested to get to the survivor before he is silenced by Havlock's specialists. Okay, not quite like that since he uses a great deal of finesse and tactics, but you get the point. Written by Though it has a simple, time-tested plot and a surprisingly effective cast, 'Pray for Death' comes up a bit short in the execution department. The plot finally starts for real about half an hour in. When one of the dirty cops decide to take the necklace for himself, the syndicate goes after the previous owner of the restaurant, then after the Saitos'.
After an unauthorized raid on a drug lord's yacht in Buenos Aires, U. Though he still trains 3 hours every single day, and has a ninja epic with his son planned on the horizon. Colours look saturated well enough, though rarely pop, and black levels can be fairly deep, but I felt details could be crushed out during darker moments. This is director Gordon Hessler's immediate follow-up to 1985 , which is a much more consistent film. .
In Pray for Death, martial arts legend Sho Kosugi Enter the Ninja, Ninja 3: The Domination stars as a family man driven to exact vigilante justice — ninja style! Not included for review are the reversible cover and the booklet that comes with the first pressings featuring extracts from Kosugi's biography. James Booth who also wrote the screenplay is quite good as the sadistic lead henchman Limehouse, and veteran character actors Parley Baer and Norman Burton help round out a cast that's much better than we've come to expect from films of this genre. The booklet includes an essay on the film and the genre by Derek Botelho, and like Pray for Death, we get another excerpt from his book, Yin-Yang Code: The Drums of Tenkai-Bo. While working an angle, Ray goes solo to the compound of the sadistic drug lord Havelock Van Bergen , where he is then tortured and killed. Most of the limitations to the presentation come from the source. Akira finally decides to unleash his dark side.
How to see it: Like with their Blu-Ray release of Pray for Death, Arrow Films gave this one a solid Blu release with a great new widescreen transfer and a few extras. Detail is rather strong, though not overly so. The film may feature the most action of any Kosugi film to date, as Kosugi himself participates in a martial arts fight or shootout nearly every 10 minutes. Which is surprising considering they're both directed by German born Gordon Hessler. I have to be honest here. For example, Kosugi may play a federal agent, but he still carries around ninja weapons and dresses in all black like a ninja.
Although often times his greatest weakness is those he cares about. After an attempt on Jen's life, Shiro convinces her to accompany Dick on the next private plane out. Słyną z niekonwencjonalnych metod działania, dzięki czemu wychodzą cało nawet z największych opresji. He talks about Gordon Hessler, who he considered a good friend they even worked on another script that never went into production , working with the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme, and being cast in Ninja Assassin. In any case, we'll always have these gems to look back on. Grab it and add it to the collection! Opis Filmu Shiro i Ray są najlepszymi policjantami w Phoenix.
These are horrible bad guys, led by a mad sadist called Limehouse Willie veteran British actor James Booth who — inexplicably — also wrote the screenplay. I thought the video quality was above average for the most part and in brighter scenes it looked very good but it did not fare as well in darker scenes. For years, Akira has kept a dark secret. The twisty plot is rather predictable and Hessler once again wisely favors the action scenes over exposition, making the end result not quite as outrageous as the preceding film but still an entertaining time-waster. Rage of Honor is a badass and fitting sendoff to a legend in an era where he reigned supreme as the ultimate ninja badass. The action sequence in which Kosugi fights off several of them within the jungle also serves the plot in no way.