3 Ninjas Kick Back

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3 Ninjas Kick Back
3 Ninjas Kick Back.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles T. Kanganis
Produced by Martha Chang
James Kang
Arthur Leeds
Written by Sang-ok Shin
Mark Saltzman
Starring Victor Wong
Max Elliott Slade
Sean Fox
J. Evan Bonifant
Caroline Junko King
Dustin Nguyen
Music by Richard Marvin
Cinematography Christopher Faloona
Edited by Jeffrey Reiner
David Rennie
Sheen Productions, Inc.
Leeds / Ben-Ami Productions, inc.
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • May 6, 1994 (1994-05-06)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $11,798,854 (Domestic)

3 Ninjas Kick Back is a 1994 American sequel to the film 3 Ninjas. It received mostly negative reviews from critics. This is the only 3 Ninjas film with a video game adaptation. Despite being released before 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up due to legal issues, this film was actually shot a year later.[1] Mori's last name in this film changes from Tanaka to Shintaro for no apparent reason.[2]


Plans to travel to a martial arts tournament in Japan aren't going well for Mori Shintaro, whose grandsons, Rocky, Colt and Tum-Tum each have different ideas for how to spend their vacation. Tum-Tum seems to be the only one interested in going, and even then, it's to watch sumo wrestlers compete due to the amount of food they get to eat in a day. In preparation, Mori shows the boys a dagger he won in the same tournament 50 years ago, defeating a boy named Koga. According to legend, the dagger and a katana open a cave of gold. Mori intends to return the dagger to the Grand Master at the same tournament to be presented to the new champion. Meanwhile, in Japan, a man in black breaks into a museum in the dead of night, after subduing security guards, he successfully steals a katana from a display case and escapes via hang glider. The man is revealed to be a now elder Koga.

Back in Los Angeles, the boys (and their elders) are discovering the difficulties of growing up; Colt has become short tempered and impatient, and picks fights with members of their opposing baseball team. Rocky is distracted by school hottie Lisa DiMarino and pitches poorly, while Tum-Tum causes frequent delays for food. After Colt's temper incites a brawl between both baseball teams, the umpire forces the championship to be delayed for one week --driving a nail into Mori's plans to take the boys to Japan when they decide to play the game rather than leave on vacation. At the same time, Koga's rocker-wannabe nephew Glam and his dopey friends Slam and Vinnie break into Mori's house to find a dagger. The boys defeat them and send them running. At LAX, Mori's bag is mixed up by his son-in-law Sam, and upon arrival in Japan, Mori is involved in a fender bender set up by Glam, and ends up in the hospital. Koga is displeased when he does not find the dagger in his bag (though Vinnie finds a mousetrap) and punishes Glam by making him run uncontrollably on a treadmill. However, Koga gives them one more chance to get it. Meanwhile, Mori calls the boys and explains about the accident. Tum-Tum discovers that his bag and Mori's got mixed up and they have the dagger. Unknowingly, and without their parents' permission, the boys use a recorded phone call from Mori in order to set up plane tickets to Japan on his Visa card, leaving a note for their parents to find.

Once in Japan, the boys meet their grandfather who instructs them to deliver the dagger to the tournament. Glam, Slam and Vinnie record the conversation and present it to Koga, who views it as a failure and disciplines them by tossing them into the pool. At the tournament, Colt dresses as a competitor, but is not only quickly defeated, but by a girl named Miyo, who admits she loves baseball but doesn't have the talent for it. The boys decide to teach her baseball if she teaches them more in martial arts. She invites them to her home, and Miyo and Rocky develop an attraction toward each other. Koga subdues the real Grand Master and takes his place, rousing suspicion by suddenly being able to speak English and Tum-Tum notices him wearing shoes and being tall, which he wasn't before. Miyo finds the real Grand Master and the boys fight off Koga's men, but they and Miyo are eventually captured. Meanwhile, Mori is pursed at the hospital by Glam and his friends but Mori's nurse overpowers and subdues them. Koga's bodyguard, however, grabs Mori outside and takes him to meet his old nemesis. With Miyo and the boys imprisoned, Mori agrees to help Koga find the cave of gold and they depart.

The boys and Miyo escape their captivity and use hang gliders to find the cave where Mori and Koga are. Just as Koga is about to kill Mori, to remove witnesses from finding the cave of gold, the boys interviene. Using a lesson on patience he learned earlier, Colt throws a ball bearing into the barrel of Koga's gun, causing it to backfire. The explosion creates a cave-in, and Koga comes to his senses, fleeing with everyone else and the cave seals itself off. Koga offers his apologies and appreciation and Mori presents Miyo with the dagger. Rocky then realizes that they have just enough time to make it their championship game and the boys and their grandfather head back to Los Angeles.

Back at home, the boys learn the value of working together. Miyo is set in as a replacement outfielder and catches a homerun from the opposing team, and Colt hits an incredible home run for the winning score. Irked by being beaten, the bully chooses Miyo to beat up in retaliation despite Tum-Tum's warning, and he is soundly defeated by her.



The movie had a mostly negative reaction.[3][4][5]

Box office[edit]

The movie opened in the #3 position on opening weekend with a total of $3,556,310 USD.[6][7] By the end of its 4-week run, the movie grossed $11,798,854 domestically.


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