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3 Ninjas
Films and television
3 Ninjas
Directed byJon Turteltaub (1)
Charles T. Kanganis (2)
Simon S. Sheen (3)
Sean McNamara (4)
Written by3 Ninjas
Kenny Kim
Edward Emanuel
3 Ninjas Kick Back
Sang-ok Shin
Mark Saltzman
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up
Alex S. Kim
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain
Sean McNamara
Jeff Phillipsee
Produced byMartha Chang
James Kang
StarringVictor Wong
CinematographyRichard Michalak (1)
Christopher Faloona (2)
Eugene Shluglet (3)
Blake T. Evans (4)
Edited byDavid Rennie (1)
David Rennie
Jeffrey Reiner (2)
Pam Choules (3)
Annamaria Szanto (4)
Music byRichard Marvin (1 & 2)
Gary Stevan Scott (3)
John Coda (4)
Touchstone Pictures (1)
Sheen Productions (2-4)
Distributed byBuena Vista 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
CountryUnited States
Budget$26.5 million (first two films)
Box office$41.6 million

3 Ninjas is a series of action comedy family films about the adventures of three young brothers who are trained by their Japanese grandfather in the art of ninjutsu. Victor Wong is the only cast member to appear in all four films.


Samuel "Rocky" Douglas Jr. — portrayed by Michael Treanor (3 Ninjas and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up), Sean Fox (3 Ninjas Kick Back), and Mathew Bothuchis (3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain)

  • Born 1979 and 1983, the eldest brother. Grandpa gives him the ninja name "Rocky" because he is as strong as granite and is a level-headed leader. His trademark color is green.

Jeffrey "Colt" Douglas — portrayed by Max Elliott Slade (3 Ninjas, 3 Ninjas Kick Back and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up). Michael O'Laskey II (3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain )

  • Born 1980 and 1983, the middle child. Grandpa gave him the ninja name "Colt" because he is "fast and free like the young wild horse". He is known for his shorter temper and sharp tongue. His trademark color is blue.

Michael "Tum-Tum" Douglas-portrayed by Chad Power (3 Ninjas and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up), Evan Bonifant (3 Ninjas Kick Back), and James Paul Roeske II (3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain)

  • Born 1984 and 1989, the youngest brother. Grandpa gave him the ninja name "Tum-Tum" because his energy begins with his stomach. Known for his large appetite and fondness for sweets. His trademark colors have been yellow, orange, and red.


3 Ninjas (1992)[edit]

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. On their last day of summer vacation, the boys receive "ninja names": Samuel is Rocky because of his strength and levelheaded mentality, Jeffrey is Colt because of his speed and temper like a young wild horse, and Michael is Tum Tum due to his energy coming from his gluttony. They witness a confrontation between their grandfather and Hugo Snyder, ex-student/partner of Tanaka and a criminal who is being pursued by the boys' father, FBI agent Sam Douglas. Snyder plans to kidnap the boys with the help of 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 Rocky's girlfriend Emily, telling Sam that Snyder has kidnapped his children in retaliation for his constant attempts to arrest him. Mori arrives at 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 upon them 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, wounding Snyder and foiling his evil organization.

3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994)[edit]

Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum are torn between seeing a championship baseball game through to the end or going to Japan to deliver a golden dagger to their grandfather; they choose the latter. On the way to Japan, they meet Miyo, a girl who Rocky is very fond of. When Koga gets the dagger and sword, he tries to open the cave of gold. Koga and Mori become friends and Miyo gets the dagger. During their Japanese adventure, the kids learn important skills and life lessons which help them win the final baseball game of their season, with Colt hitting a home run. A poor sport on the opposing team picks on them; Darren attempts to attack Miyo but ends up getting knocked unconscious during one of the final scenes.

3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995)[edit]

Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum must battle an evil, wealthy toxic waste dumper in order to save a local Indigenous 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 wealthy toxic waste dumper, and he controls the police and the mayor. The 3 Ninjas must fight a motorcycle gang and renegade cowboys, retrieve the secret disk and expose the wealthy baron of his misdeeds.

3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998)[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. The boys have to thwart Medusa's vicious plans and liberate Mega Mountain.

Cast and crew[edit]


List of 3 Ninjas characters, with their performers in each film
Character 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 "JP" Roeske II
Samuel Douglas Sr. Alan McRae
Jessica Douglas Margarita Franco
Darren Scott Caudill Scott Caudill
Emily Kate Sargeant
Hugo Snyder Rand Kingsley
Rushmore Professor Toru Tanaka
Mr. Nigel Brown Joel Swetow
Jo Crystle Lightning
Charlie Donald L. Shanks
Jack Harding Charles Napier
J.J. Patrick Kilpatrick
Jimmy Donal Logue
Eddy Scott MacDonald
Miyo Caroline Junko King
Koga Sab Shimono
"Glam" Dustin Nguyen
"Slam" Angelo Tiffe
Vinnie Jason Schombing
Ishikawa Masashi "Killer Khan" Ozawa
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


Box office performance[edit]

The first 3 Ninjas film was a box office success and was the only entry in the franchise to be released by Disney, through its Touchstone Pictures label. The rights to the franchise were subsequently acquired by Tristar Pictures, which released the three sequels, all of which were box office bombs. The first film developed a cult following and was released on DVD on June 3, 2003.

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 $413,479
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain April 10, 1998 $375,805
Total $26.5 million $41,588,439

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes
3 Ninjas 32% (22 reviews)[1]
3 Ninjas Kick Back 15% (13 reviews)[2]
3 Ninjas Knuckle Up N/A (3 reviews)[3]
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain 0% (6 reviews)[4]


  1. ^ "3 Ninjas". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "3 Ninjas Kick Back". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "3 Ninjas Knuckle Up". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 8, 2020.