The chrome demon!

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How many times did I watch Revenge of the Ninja on HBO during the ascension of the ninja craze? Sixteen? A million? Seemed like a week didn’t pass without it being on the TV…

Sho Kosugi made a smart call in giving Virgil Frye Arthur Roberts‘s character a silver oni mask – it allowed him to double Frye for all his solo fight scenes, and a stunt man to easily stand in for the others (plus this pyro bit at film’s end). Alas, such hi-tech trickery did the villain little good, as Kosugi’s definitive ninja-in-the-USA hero hits the sweet spot with a knife and causes one of the most memorable gratuitous gore scenes in 80’s exploitation history!

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Demons in ASHURA

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The domestic release of the 2005 Japanese fantasy horror flick Ashura didn’t get a whole lot of fanfare in the states, but it deserves a watch for sure. I found it reminiscent of Kadokawa’s 80’s neo-chambara epics like Legend of the 8 Samurai and Ninja Wars.

If for nothing else, see it for the great sets, decent digital FX and GREAT character designs, like these:

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Best creepy demon girl ever.
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Naughty wizardess and invader from the darkside Bizan is like an old-school Disney villainess.
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She's flanked at all times by these demon samurai, whose race is hunted relentlessly by...
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...these "Demon Wardens" - who are in SUPERB costumes!
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This, however, is my favorite scene in the film - a kabuki play wherein a ninja wizard summons the inevitable giant toad.
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Someone, somewhere, kept this giant toad from the shoot, and I want to be that person... badly.
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