I love grindhouse movies. They are critic proof. They don’t try to subvert expectations. They are perfectly simplistic and straight forward. Such is the case with New York Ninja.
The campiest of heroes, the whackiest of villains, and the most cartoonish depiction of New York? It’s absolutely bonkers. You can feel the tightness of the shoestring budget through the screen, but what they did with what they had was glorious. New York Ninja‘s only and greatest tragedy is that we are just now getting this movie.
New York Ninja debuted in 1984 but was lost in the vault until Vinegar Syndrome found the old reels and completely restored the film with new dubbing and a completely new score. The film has never looked better.
New York Ninja is like the drunk uncle of The Warriors. When a man’s pregnant wife is murdered by a gang dressed like the village people, he dons a ninja costume, roller skates, and wields swords against a gang of criminals abducting women.
The action is ridiculous and the violence is hilarious. The fact that the main protagonist labels his ninja stars with “NY Ninja” is goofy as hell and we are here for it until the very end.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience highly recommends checking out the insanity that is New York Ninja.
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