American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCedric Sundstrom
Screenplay byCedric Sundstorm[1]
Story byGary Conway[1]
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
Starring
CinematographyGeorge Bartels[1]
Edited by
  • Michael J. Duthie
  • Bernard Weiser[1]
Music byGeorge S. Clinton[1]
Production
company
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
LanguageEnglish
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).

Plot

A powerful terrorist known as "The Cobra", has infected Sean Davidson, the American Ninja, with a deadly virus as human guinea pigs 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.

Cast

Production

Filming

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.

Release

Home media

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

Reception

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]

References

  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.