New York Ninja (2021)
August 30, 2022 4:20 PM - Subscribe

Taekwondo film legend John Liu stars as a New York everyman who, when pushed too far, is forced to take the law into his own hands and become "The New York Ninja" -- a vigilante set on righting wrongs and keeping the peace in a Big Apple on the brink of chaos. Originally filmed in 1984, this martial arts riot was never completed and sat, unedited in a warehouse, for nearly 40 years before being finished by the staff at Vinegar Syndrome.

Essentially, this was a cheesey, low budget action movie with stolen sets and silky fight choreography, that might have been a cult classic, had it been finished. Instead, the project was uncovered and completed by the re-release gurus at Vinegar Syndrome, who leaned into its cheesey cult flick goodness.

96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Showtime.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total)
Silky fights? Sounds luxurious!
posted by Saxon Kane at 6:54 AM on August 31, 2022

More seriously: I'd love to see this, but I already used up my Showtime free trial :(
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:56 AM on August 31, 2022

I found this pretty entertaining, it's no Miami Connection, of course, but few things are. I had avoided it at first because I thought it was one of those contemporary films trying to be a camp 80s film. Not for kids as it has a fair bit of sexual assault.
posted by Ashwagandha at 11:22 AM on September 1, 2022

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