Ninja Terminator

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Ninja Terminator
Directed byGodfrey Ho
Produced byGodfrey Ho
Written byGodfrey Ho
  • Richard Harrison
Edited byGodfrey Ho
Release date
  • 1985 (1985)
CountryUnited States[1]

Ninja Terminator is a 1985 film created by Godfrey Ho and starring Richard Harrison.


The members of a ninja empire are in possession of an object of power composed of three individual pieces of a ninja sculpture which, when combined, makes the owner's arms impervious to blades. Other ninjas feel the ninja empire is in need of reform and steal two of the three sculpture pieces. The ninja empire retaliates with threatening messages delivered via tiny robots which demand return of the powerful pieces. Ninja empire minions forge multiple attempts to attack the thieves but are quickly thwarted.


In '80s Action Movies on the Cheap, author Daniel R. Budnik wrote that the film "has a straightforward plot that goes off on a dozen loopy tangents".[2] Jim Vorel of Paste included it in the magazine's list of "The 100 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time" at #100, calling the film hilarious despite its incoherence and ineptitude.[3] Total Film similarly included it in a list of "8 Awesomely Stupid Movie Fight Scenes", praising the film for its nonsensical fight scenes.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Recorded on June 3, 2017, an episode of the popular podcast How Did This Get Made? released on June 23, 2017, features Ninja Terminator.[5] They ridiculed several aspects of the film, such as the protagonist's usage of a Garfield phone.


  1. ^ "Ninja Terminator (1985)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ Budnik, Daniel R. (2017). '80s Action Movies on the Cheap: 284 Low Budget, High Impact Pictures. McFarland & Company. pp. 122–123. ISBN 9781476626871.
  3. ^ Vorel, Jim; Sinacola, Dom (2015-01-29). "The 100 Best Martial Arts Movies of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  4. ^ Ashurst, Sam (2009-08-10). "Ninja Terminator (1985)". Total Film. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ "How Did This Get Made?". Retrieved 2017-06-04.

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