Ninja Rides the Elevator

Sharpen up those sais, because Enter the Ninja is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Click on the movie poster or the title above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.

Review in a Nutshell:  The progenitor of the Eighties Ninja Craze, Enter the Ninja is a low-budget shinobi caper with a strangely dry sense of humor.  Watch it for hook-handed German henchmen, cock-fighting, arrow gags, and Franco Nero’s fabulous mustache.


  1. John says:

    There are a lot of things about these “ninja craze” movies that leave me scratching my head. For one, ninja are depicted wielding weapons like sai and nunchaku; some probably don’t realize that these are in fact weapons from Southeast Asia and the Ryukyu islands (present-day Okinawa) were heavily influenced by those cultures. However, Ryukyu was conquered by the Satsuma clan in the 17th century, and it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that Ryukyuan martial arts were introduced to the main islands. It’s possible that someone mixed up sai with jitte/jutte, the symbol of authority Edo era policemen carried and could use to break swords. The yoku, or pronged hilt of the sai isn’t configured in quite the same way as this weapon; breaking a sword is probably not possible with most sai.

  2. KM says:

    This movie taught me one thing: that the Philippines is a part of Mexico. The workers speak with a Mexican accent, uses Spanish words, and use Peso for payment. I never know that Mexico took over the Philippines.
    On a slight more serious tone, I take the movie in the Commando sense of a movie. It is made to entertaining movie to laugh but not made to be a true comedy. I watched it on Hulu, I think but can no longer found it either on Hulu or Netflix.

  3. Kevin says:

    I usually find Ninja movies entertaining and one with a dry sense of humor is right up my alley.

  4. Christopher George most famous role was on Rat Patrol. The show was about a World War II Army unit fighting in North African desert. George played the leader of the team.

  5. O. C. P. says:

    KM, the Philippines for centuries were part of the Spanish Empire -the name comes from the King Philip II of Spain-, while the peso is a currency used in several countries, not only in Mexico. They still retain many Spanish words and some have Spanish or Mexican blood.

  6. Chris Sobieniak says:

    I think the technique you were thinking of that was used by Conan on his show is known as “Electro-Vox”. That was the rather pretty nifty name to refer to the crappy mouth insertions in the 1950’s TV cartoon “Clutch Cargo”.

  7. mpanighetti says:

    In the podcast, you said that the burn-on-demand services for this movie are expensive. Just thought I’d mention that iTunes currently has the movie available for purchase for $5.99:

    Just bought it after listening to the podcast. Thanks for the recommendation!

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