American Ninja ★★ American Warrior 1985 (R)
American Dudikoff is G.I. Joe, a martial-arts expert stationed in the Philippines who alienates most everyone around him (he's a rebel). Deadly black-belt war begins with Joe confronting the army which is selling stolen weapons to the South American black market. Aided by one faithful pal, Joe uses his head-kicking martial arts skills to stop hundreds of ninja combatants working for the corrupt arms dealer. In his spare time he romances the base chief's daughter. Efficient rib-crunching chop-socky action wrapped in no-brainer plot and performed by nonactors. Cannon epic mercilessly followed by at least three sequels. 96m/C VHS, DVD . Michael Dudikoff, Guich Koock, Judie Aronson, Steve James; D: Sam Firstenberg; W: Gideon Amir; C: Hanania Baer; M: Michael Linn.