Immortalized as the starring debut of O.J. Simpson's former girlfriend-for-life, Paula Barbieri, this East-Meets-West actioner is actually more notable for its pervasive brutality and nihilistic edge. Despite its side dish of the Oriental art of revenge, a la carte violence is clearly
the biggest attraction on this flick's menu.
After a Japanese reporter is buried alive in cement by publicity-paranoid drug king Tito (Juan Fernandez), her ninja brother, Kon Seki (Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa), and sister, Akiko Seki (Saemi Nakamura), vow revenge. New Orleans police chief Polk (Marco St. John) strong-arms a former soldier of
fortune, Davalos (Robert Davi), to ease mounting tensions between the drug gang and the police when Tito mistakenly suspects cops for the wave of attacks on his men by the ninja siblings. In a city where everyone seems bent, Davalos is teamed with honest cop Random (Michael Pare), but their track
down is complicated by the machinations of two insane cousins hired by the mob to carve out a deadly message on policemen. Despite their success as cop-terminators, the assassins fall prey to the ninja duo at a movie theater, saving the lives of Random and Davalos. After Tito's sometime-chick
Paula (Paula Barbieri) gets kidnapped due to her former ties to Davalos, the good guys invade a porn studio and, in the ensuing fight, the ninjas again come to their aid, killing Tito. Officially ordered to tidy up the case by disposing of Davalos and the ninja warriors, Random allows his targets
to slip away, but the tradition-driven ninjas willingly sacrifice themselves. Davalos and Paula leave New Orleans for a fresh start.
While there's nothing wrong with jazzing up the action movie arena with a melange of cops and Rising Sun warriors, this violence-as-an-alternative-lifestyle flick could have dispensed with some of the nobility-of-slaughter nonsense. At times, the film seems like a crash course in Ninja Theory 101.
(Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, substance abuse, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: NR
- Review: Immortalized as the starring debut of O.J. Simpson's former girlfriend-for-life, Paula Barbieri, this East-Meets-West actioner is actually more notable for its pervasive brutality and nihilistic edge. Despite its side dish of the Oriental art of revenge, a… (more)