Enter the Kosugi!

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These French-language market lobby photos for the 1981 release of Enter the Ninja are a bit different than the American marketing and press photos, mainly in that they reveal close-ups of Sho Kosugi doubling for one of the red ninja from the initial training battle sequence.

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Kosugi next to what is likely Mike Stone in in the red ninja suits that would inspire Marvel Comics’ The Hand and myriad 80s action figures.
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This is a great look at the interesting construction of the hoods.

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Kosugi and Stone worked their asses off out in those Philippine woods, doubling in both star and soldier roles.

 

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