|American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt|
|Directed by||Cedric Sundstrom|
|Screenplay by||Cedric Sundstorm|
|Story by||Gary Conway|
|Produced by||Harry Alan Towers|
|Music by||George S. Clinton|
Breton Film Productions Ltd.
|Distributed by||Cannon International|
|Box office||$902,152 (US)|
$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. 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).
A powerful terrorist known as "The Cobra" (Marjoe Gortner), has infected Sean Davidson (David Bradley), the American ninja, with a deadly virus as human guinea pigs in his biological warfare experiments. Sean and his partners Curtis Jackson (Steve James) and Dexter (Evan J. Klisser) have no choice but to fight The Cobra and his army of genetically-engineered ninja clones led by the female ninja Chan Lee (Michele B. Chan).
Michael Dudikoff was originally to reprise his role of Joe Armstrong. He got burnt out on martial arts and also the film was made in South Africa while the apartheid movement was still going on and Dudikoff did not want to be around it.
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.
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt was released on home video in the United Kingdom by Pathé in September 1989.
It was received poorly by critics. "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."