American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCedric Sundstrom
Screenplay byCedric Sundstorm[1]
Story byGary Conway[1]
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
CinematographyGeorge Bartels[1]
Edited by
  • Michael J. Duthie
  • Bernard Weiser[1]
Music byGeorge S. Clinton[1]
Breton Film Productions Ltd.[1]
Distributed byCannon International[1]
Release date
  • February 24, 1989 (1989-02-24) (Los Angeles[1])
Running time
89 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$902,152 (US)[2]
$654,454 (West Germany)

American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt is a 1989 American martial arts action film directed by Cedric Sundstrom and starring David Bradley. It is based on a story by Gary Conway.[1] A sequel to American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987), it is the third installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991).

The film depicts a cobra-themed terrorist who is experimenting on using viral infections as a method of bioterrorism. When an infected ninja and his allies try to fight against him, they are confronted with a private army consisting of clones.


A powerful terrorist known as "The Cobra", has infected Sean Davidson, the American Ninja, with a deadly virus. He uses Sean as a test subject in his biological warfare experiments. Sean and his partners Curtis Jackson and Dexter have no choice but to fight The Cobra and his army of genetically-engineered ninja clones led by the female ninja Chan Lee.




The film, shot in South Africa (not mentioned on the credits), was the first in the American Ninja series to feature a lead actor other than Michael Dudikoff (playing Joe Armstrong in the first two American Ninja movies as well as in American Ninja 4: The Annihilation together with David Bradley's character Sean Davidson); Bradley was cast after Kurt McKinney turned down the offer.


Home media

American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt was released on home video in the United Kingdom by Pathé in September 1989.[citation needed]


Critical response

It was received poorly by critics.[3] "Cart." of Variety described the film as a "cheap-looking pic" and "Even for this level of by-the-numbers action filmmaking, Cedric Sundtrom script is incredibly lame and his staging of chop-socky violence is little better."[4]

However like the first two previous films, it gained a cult following.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  2. ^ American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (1989-02-28). "'Ninja 3': Bland Leading the Bland". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  4. ^ Cart. (1991). Variety's Film Reviews 1989-1990. Vol. 21. R. R. Bowker. There are no page numbers in this book. This entry is found under the header "March 1, 1989". ISBN 0-8352-3089-9.