3 Ninjas

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3 Ninjas
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (1)
Charles T. Kanganis (2)
Simon S. Sheen (3)
Sean McNamara (4)
Produced by Martha Chang
James Kang
Written by 3 Ninjas:
Kenny Kim
Edward Emanuel
Kick Back:
Sang-ok Shin
Mark Saltzman
Knuckle Up:
Alex S. Kim
High Noon at Mega Mountain:
Sean McNamara
Jeff Phillips
Starring Victor Wong
Music by Richard Marvin (1 & 2)
Gary Stevan Scott
Louis Febre (3)
John Coda (4)
Cinematography Richard Michalak (1)
Christopher Faloona (2)
Eugene Shluglet (3)
Blake T. Evans (4)
Edited by David Rennie (1)
David Rennie
Jeffrey Reiner (2)
Pam Choules (3)
Annamaria Szanto (4)
Production
company
Sheen Productions (2-4)
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures (1)
TriStar Pictures (2-4)
Release dates
  • August 7, 1992 (1992-08-07) (3 Ninjas)
  • May 6, 1994 (1994-05-06) (Kick Back)
  • April 7, 1995 (1995-04-07) (Knuckle Up)
  • April 10, 1998 (1998-04-10) (High Noon)
Running time
355 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $26.5 million (First two films)
Box office $41,588,439

3 Ninjas is a series of action films directed towards the pre-teen audience about the adventures of three young brothers who are trained by their Japanese grandfather in the art of Ninjutsu.

Film series[edit]

3 Ninjas[edit]

Main article: 3 Ninjas (film)

Each summer, Samuel, Jeffrey, and Michael, three suburban California brothers, visit their grandfather Mori Tanaka's cabin in the desert to train to become ninjas. Given the 'ninja-names' Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum, the boys witness a confrontation between their grandfather and Hugo Snyder, ex-student/partner of Tanaka and a terrorist who is being pursued by the boys' father, FBI agent Sam Douglas, on their last day of summer vacation. Snyder plans to kidnap the boys with the help from his assistant Mr. Brown, who employs his irresponsible nephew Fester and his friends Hammer and Marcus to abduct them. After a failed attempt at kidnapping foiled by the three boys outsmarting the three men while their parents are out, Mr. Brown along with heavyweight fighter "Rushmore" appear and they easily capture the trio, leaving a note with next door neighbor Emily telling Sam that Snyder has kidnapped his children for his constant attempts to arrest him. Mori arrives to the house and Sam reluctantly agrees to give him one hour to rescue the children. Mori tracks the children to a ship at the docks where Snyder is training an army of ninjas and begins searching for the boys and Snyder. Meanwhile, the boys escape their containment cell using the training bestowed by their Grandfather and begin fighting their way out of the ship, leading up to a final confrontation between Snyder and Mori. Mori wins despite Snyder's foul play and Sam ambushes the ship with a slew of FBI agents, killing Snyder and foiling his evil organization.

3 Ninjas Kick Back[edit]

Main article: 3 Ninjas Kick Back

During a championship baseball game, Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum have to decide to go to Japan to help their grandfather Mori Tanaka or stay for the baseball game but they knew they had to take the dagger to him. On the way they meet Miyo who Rocky is very fond of. When Koga gets the dagger and sword he tries to open the cave of gold. After that Koga and Mori become friends and Miyo gets the dagger. On their whole Japan adventure they learned a lot of important skills and life lessons that helps them win the final baseball game of their season. In the end Colt hits a home run and the 3 ninjas end up winning the game along with Miyo. A poor sport of the opposing team picks on the boys and Miyo after the game, while attempting to attack the girl Miyo thinking it will be an easy challenge he is easily mistaken and he ends up getting knocked out to close out the finishing scene.

3 Ninjas Knuckle Up[edit]

Main article: 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum must battle an evil wealthy toxic waste dumper in order to save a local Indian tribe and their friend Jo. The 3 Ninjas must help find Jo's father and find a secret disk that contains evidence that could stop the toxic landfill that is destroying the Indian community. However the town is owned by the rich man and he controls the police and even the mayor. They must fight a motorcycle gang and renegade cowboys in this non-stop ninja adventure.

3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain[edit]

Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum-along with their neighbor friend, computer whiz Amanda-are visiting Mega Mountain amusement park when it is invaded by an army of ninjas led by master criminal Mary Ann "Medusa" Rogers. Now the ninjas have to break Medusa's vicious plans and liberate Mega Mountain.

Cast[edit]

Character Film
3 Ninjas 3 Ninjas Kick Back 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
Mori Tanaka Victor Wong
Samuel 'Rocky' Douglas Jr. Michael Treanor Sean Fox Michael Treanor Mathew Botuchis
Jeffrey 'Colt' Douglas Max Elliott Slade Michael O'Laskey II
Michael 'Tum Tum' Douglas Chad Power J. Evan Bonifant Chad Power James Paul Roeske II
Samuel Douglas Sr. Alan McRae Alan McRae
Jessica Douglas Margarita Franco Margarita Franco
Emily Kate Sargeant
Hugo Snyder Rand Kingsley
Rushmore Professor Toru Tanaka
Mr. Brown Joel Swetow
Miyo Caroline Junko King
Koga Sab Shimono
Glam Dustin Nguyen[1]
Jo Crystle Lightning
Charlie Donald L. Shanks
Jack Harding Charles Napier
J.J. Patrick Kilpatrick
Dave Dragon Hulk Hogan
Medusa Loni Anderson
Lothar Zogg Jim Varney
C.J. Dwayne Carrington
Carl Kirk Baily
Buelow Travis McKenna
Zed Brendan O'Brian
Jennifer Lindsay Felton
Amanda Chelsey Earlywine

Release[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes IMDb
3 Ninjas 29%[2] 5.1/10[3]
3 Ninjas Kick Back 17%[4] 4.1/10[5]
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up 0%[6] 3.9/10[7]
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain 0%[8] 2.6/10[9]

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Budget Gross
3 Ninjas August 7, 1992 $6.5 million $29,000,301
3 Ninjas Kick Back May 6, 1994 $20 million $11,798,854
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up April 7, 1995 N/A $413,479
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain April 10, 1998 N/A $375,805
Total $26.5 million $41,588,439

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