American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R | 89, 90 or 100 mins | Drama, Adventure | 1 May 1987

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HISTORY

       Principal photography began on 27 Oct 1987 in South Africa according to production charts in the 7 Nov 1986 Var, where the film’s title was listed as American Ninja 2. A 16 Nov 1986 LAT specified the production was filming in Johannesburg and Capetown as well as the island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. That same article referred to the movie’s title as American Ninja 2” Re-Creation, listing the source as a Cannon Group inner-office memo.
       By the time the movie opened on 1 May 1987, the title had changed to American Ninja 2: The Confrontation. The film earned $1,850,351 in its first ten days of release, playing on 398 screens, according the to 13 May 1987 Var.

      End credits state: “The producers would like to thank Adidas, Unique Product Placement.” ... More Less

       Principal photography began on 27 Oct 1987 in South Africa according to production charts in the 7 Nov 1986 Var, where the film’s title was listed as American Ninja 2. A 16 Nov 1986 LAT specified the production was filming in Johannesburg and Capetown as well as the island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. That same article referred to the movie’s title as American Ninja 2” Re-Creation, listing the source as a Cannon Group inner-office memo.
       By the time the movie opened on 1 May 1987, the title had changed to American Ninja 2: The Confrontation. The film earned $1,850,351 in its first ten days of release, playing on 398 screens, according the to 13 May 1987 Var.

      End credits state: “The producers would like to thank Adidas, Unique Product Placement.”
More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 1987
p 3, 13.
Los Angeles Times
16 Nov 1986
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Los Angeles Times
5 May 1987
p. 3.
Variety
7 Nov 1986
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Variety
13 May 1987
p. 136.
Variety
28 May 1987
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
The Cannon Group, Inc. Presents
a Golan-Globus Production
of a Sam Firstenberg Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Dir, 2d unit crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
Clapper loader
Chief grip
Best boy grip
Chief gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Stills photog
Cam, 2d unit crew
1st asst cam, 2d unit crew
Clapper loader, 2d unit crew
Gaffer, 2d unit crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept asst
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Post prod supv
1st asst ed
Asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Loc asst ed
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Prop maker/Ninja weapons
Prod buyer
Asst set dresser
Const company
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus coord
Supv mus ed
Asst mus ed
Mus rec at
Eng by
Mus mixed at
Eng by
Guitar by
Percussion by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
ADR ed
Foley ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Walla Group
Asst mus ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff chief
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Title des
Title des
Main titles and opticals
Negative cutting
Negative cutting
Color timer
Color by
DANCE
Martial arts choreog
Asst martial arts choreog
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
Gymnast
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Makeup asst
Makeup asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Prod accountant
Loc accountant
Asst accountant
Auditor
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod mgr, 2d unit crew
Cont, 2d unit crew
Transportation capt
Const comp
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts and karate
Stunts and karate
Stunts and martial arts
Stunts and martial arts
Stunts and martial arts
Stunts and martial arts
Stunts and martial arts
Stunts and martial arts
Stunts and martial arts
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Avi Kleinberger and Gideon Amir.
SONGS
“Tell About Mary,” written by Michael Bishop, performed by Johnny Q., produced by Hunt Sales
“Wasteland,” written by Craig Behrhorst and Chris Atchison, performed by Ruffians, produced by Paul Zahl, courtesy of Victory Records
“Slippin’ Sand,” written and performed by Michael Bishop, produced by Barry Randolph
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SONGS
“Tell About Mary,” written by Michael Bishop, performed by Johnny Q., produced by Hunt Sales
“Wasteland,” written by Craig Behrhorst and Chris Atchison, performed by Ruffians, produced by Paul Zahl, courtesy of Victory Records
“Slippin’ Sand,” written and performed by Michael Bishop, produced by Barry Randolph
“Sin City,” written and performed by Michael Bishop, produced by Michael Bishop and Doug Doyle
“Move to the City,” written by Izzy Stradlin’, D.J. and Chris Weber, performed and produced by Guns N’ Roses, courtesy of Uzi Suicide Record Co.
“Temptation,” written by Michael Bishop and Scott “Lord” Page, arranged and produced by Michael Bishop.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
American Ninja 2
American Ninja 2: Recreation
Release Date:
1 May 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 May 1987
Production Date:
began 27 October 1986 in South Africa and Mauritius
Copyright Claimant:
Cannon Films, Inc., & Cannon International
Copyright Date:
29 October 1987
Copyright Number:
PA345206
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Color by TVC
Duration(in mins):
89, 90 or 100
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28530
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On a small Caribbean island, five U.S. Marines have been abducted, but no ransom demands have been received and no bodies have been found. Two U.S. Army Rangers, Sgt. Joe Armstrong and Sgt. Curtis Jackson, are sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance. Capt. “Wild Bill” Woodward, head of the Marine forces guarding the U.S. embassy on the island, gives Armstrong and Jackson cover assignments as cipher clerks. A group of off-duty Marines invites the two Rangers to go water skiing. While the others enjoy the ride, Private Tommy Taylor, at the helm of the speedboat, disconnects an ignition wire and the engine sputters to a stop. The group gets the vessel to shore, but cannot get the engine to start. The three Marines decide to swim, while the Rangers opt to stay on the beach. Armstrong quickly discovers the disconnected ignition wire and reconnects it. Armstrong wanders along the beach and is attacked by a group of ninjas dressed in black. Despite being outnumbered five to one, Armstrong defends himself against the ninjas, even catching an arrow shot toward him with his bare hands. Once the Marines return from swimming, Jackson looks for Armstrong. Jackson is also attacked by ninjas, but manages to fight them off. Jackson and Armstrong reconnect, but are cornered on a cliff by the approaching ninjas. They see the Marines in the speedboat below and jump off the cliff to safety. Capt. Woodward dismisses the idea of ninjas attacking them and gives the two Rangers a week to figure out what is going on before he makes a report to his bosses ... +


On a small Caribbean island, five U.S. Marines have been abducted, but no ransom demands have been received and no bodies have been found. Two U.S. Army Rangers, Sgt. Joe Armstrong and Sgt. Curtis Jackson, are sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance. Capt. “Wild Bill” Woodward, head of the Marine forces guarding the U.S. embassy on the island, gives Armstrong and Jackson cover assignments as cipher clerks. A group of off-duty Marines invites the two Rangers to go water skiing. While the others enjoy the ride, Private Tommy Taylor, at the helm of the speedboat, disconnects an ignition wire and the engine sputters to a stop. The group gets the vessel to shore, but cannot get the engine to start. The three Marines decide to swim, while the Rangers opt to stay on the beach. Armstrong quickly discovers the disconnected ignition wire and reconnects it. Armstrong wanders along the beach and is attacked by a group of ninjas dressed in black. Despite being outnumbered five to one, Armstrong defends himself against the ninjas, even catching an arrow shot toward him with his bare hands. Once the Marines return from swimming, Jackson looks for Armstrong. Jackson is also attacked by ninjas, but manages to fight them off. Jackson and Armstrong reconnect, but are cornered on a cliff by the approaching ninjas. They see the Marines in the speedboat below and jump off the cliff to safety. Capt. Woodward dismisses the idea of ninjas attacking them and gives the two Rangers a week to figure out what is going on before he makes a report to his bosses in Washington, D.C. Tommy receives a telephone call from a stranger saying that the two Rangers fight like professionals and that he wants Armstrong dead. Armstrong meets Tommy at the Blind Beggar bar, but once there, he is again attacked by ninjas. Armstrong fights them off, then confronts Tommy about setting him up. Tommy says a drug lord named “The Lion” is holding his wife hostage and is performing mysterious biological research on Blackbeard Island. Hearing a sound outside, Tommy goes to the window where a spear is thrown into his stomach, killing him. The police inspector refuses to get a warrant to search Blackbeard Island, reminding the Marines not to cause trouble, as they are guests on the island. At a party at the governor’s mansion, Jackson and Armstrong meet businessman Leo Burke, also known as “The Lion,” and his henchman, Tojo Ken. A young lady named Alicia Sanborn comes to the party uninvited and confronts the Lion, saying he stole her father’s research. The police take Alicia away while the two Rangers follow. At the Blind Beggar bar, Armstrong fights more ninjas while trying to rescue Alicia. During the melee, Alicia escapes out the back door. After Tojo tells the Lion that Armstrong fights like a ninja, the drug lord announces he wants Armstrong captured, not killed. Meanwhile, a young native boy leads Armstrong to Alicia. Ninjas attack just as the two meet, but Armstrong successfully fights them off. They drive away in a truck, but more ninjas appear, trying to capture them. Armstrong manages to fend them off while driving. However, in the course of the fight, the truck crashes and explodes. Alicia offers to take Armstrong to Blackbeard Island, which is owned by her father, Professor Sanborne, who was conducting cancer research. When Sanborne’s funds were depleted, the Lion offered to finance the project, but ended up altering the research to focus on biological engineering that changes a human’s DNA. The ninjas were created from the Lion’s experiments. Sanborne is cooperating so the Lion will not hurt his daughter. On Blackbeard Island, Alicia and Armstrong cut a hole in the fence to get into the compound. They discover the Lion’s experiments have progressed to the point of creating human clones to be the lethal ninja assassins. When the Lion orders Professor Sanborne to be taken away, Alicia and Armstrong rescue him after fighting off ninjas. Sanborne reports that the Lion is shipping $5 billion worth of heroine to the U.S. in the morning. Armstrong finds the other Marines who had been kidnapped and frees them. They make their way through the compound to the ninja arena, where they fight dozens of warriors, but Armstrong is victorious. In the meantime, other Marines arrive by boat and storm the compound. Just then, Sanborne sets explosives in the laboratory to kill the ninja clones being created. Tojo and Armstrong have a sword fight, but Armstrong wins as the Marines arrive to arrest Tojo and the Lion. At a celebratory party, Capt. Woodward tries to persuade Armstrong and Jackson to leave the Army and join the Marines. The pair laughs, saying they have other plans.
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