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Ninja In The Dragon's Den [DVD]

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Hiroyuki Sanada, Conan Lee, Jang Lee Hwang, Tai-Bo, Hiroshi Tanaka
  • Directors: Corey Yuen
  • Producers: See-Yuen Ng
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y432
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,082 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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One of the 5 best Kung fu flicks I have seen and I have seen a lot!!!
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Ninja in the Dragon's Den has title music that has aged badly but the film itself has not. The martial arts choreography from Corey Yuen is sublime to watch and this film really shows off how good he is. Sanada who plays the ninja is perfectly cast, he also appeared in recent years as a samurai in 'The Last Samurai'. Conan Lee also had a cameo in 'Lethal Weapon 4'. Not forgetting super kicker 'Wang Jang Lee'. This is probably the best ninja film you may ever see. Great displays of agility, weapon craft, and stealth which is sadly lacking in ninja films of recent years. Great film and a continuously superb addition to that Hong Kong Legends collection.
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What can I say? This is a great disc. The thing is though I'm thinking of writing a letter to Hong Kong Legends of complaint. All the discs they release are excellent and as a poor student I've no money left!
Seriously, it's a great film with the transfer (as usual) being incredible. Sanada is super in the lead and Conan Lee is great too. Good to see the kicking master Hwang Jang Lee again too. Any sef respecting Kung Fu fan must have this!
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what can i say? -i'd never heard of this film before but took a chance because of the hong kong legends reputation-i wasn't dissapointed.
it was written by people who had done early jackie chan films -and it shows,the main character could have easily been played by him.
what matters though is that this film delivers lots of fighting action and its all done with great style and camerawork -this is an amazing disc and a must for any fight film fan.
and you won't be able to stop humming the theme tune either!
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I got to know about this movie from this excellent Ninja movies blog called Ninjas all the way down.
Looking to expand the formula of the Hong Kong chop-socky, the makers added ninjas to the mix. In the story a mysterious ninja assassin comes down to China to bump off an old man who happens to be the uncle of the martial arts proficient hero Conan Lee (apparently his name was selected to capitalize on the popularity of Bruce Lee and Conan the Barbarian). The bulk of the film is about how the hero tries to keep his uncle safe from the assassin and what happens later. It's not a particularly novel story but it serves well as a frame to hang the action scenes. And by God, there is some amazing action in this film. The fight choreography is devilishly inventive in terms of both the fighting moves and the props used, easily standing up to the best of what we've seen in Jackie Chan movies. The opening sequence features a kung fu fight on stilts! The scene where Conan Lee lures the Ninja assassin into his home and unleashes a barrage of different traps and devices to capture him makes for exhilarating viewing, and even the other action scenes are very solid. Conan Lee has the chops and charisma, but some ego issues led to his being abandoned by the film companies. But this film is a testament to his potential and a terrific martial arts entertainer in its own right.

HKL's DVD lives up to their usual high standards. The widescreen presentation is quite good, and audio includes both original Cantonese and dubbed English tracks. Hong Kong movie expert Bey Logan provides his usual fact-filled commentary track,a nd there are interviews with the producer and cast members on the making of the film and its audience reception. Highly recommended for Hong Kong action fans.
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Sun Jing is a young, Chinese rowdie, who goes around town beating people up, aided by his useless sidekick, who spends his time reading porn mags as opposed to doing any actual kung fu training..
One day whilst they're out and about Sun Jing bumps into a kung fu magician, who happens to have set up a stall and is lording it over the local peasants. Needless to say he savages the messiah, and the young magician promises that when his dad hears about what has happened, he will be back to give Sun Jing a kicking.

Meanwhile, a rogue ninja from Japan has decided to assassinate Sun Jing's kung fu teacher, for a crime he hasn't actually committed. Setting into motion a series of deadly encounters....

On face value this could be described as total and utter rubbish. The plot's ridiculous, the humour is feebly puerile, and the heroes are cocky prats, who leave you hoping that they'll get their backsides whooped during every fight scene in the film. Not to mention that Hwang Jang Lee is criminally under used and the ending itself is a total joke!
However. . .
In spite of these trifling setbacks NITDD is actually a most amusing, action packed, old school (sort of) basher that is sure to endear itself to most kung fu fans. Yes it is complete and utter nonsense, but it's vitality and springboard energy is very infectious, and that in itself makes the film hard to dislike. Along with it's lead in Conan Lee, playing a character who is both irritating and incorrigible, but ultimately (dare I say it) likeable.

Highlights include:
The opening score... Something about shaka ninjas!
The dubbed dialogue... e.g. A bad guy on stilts is called an "ugly, stinking skunk f*****"!! ~ Hearing this insult alone is worth 95m of your time, surely?!
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