Alien vs Ninja (2010) is a Japanese sci-fi/action/comedy written and directed by Seiji Chiba for Sushi Typhoon, a subsidiary of Nikkatsu Corporation. Starring Masanori Mimoto, Shuji Kashiwabara, Donpei Tsuchihira, Mika Hijii, Yuki Ogoe and Ben Hiura. Released on DVD by FUNimation Entertainment.
In ancient Japan, the fiercest ninjas of the Iga clan face their toughest enemies – and they aren’t from this planet! A fiery mass crashes in the forest and soon horrifyingly savage creatures reduce the warriors to tasty snacks. But these jerks from outer space have bitten off more than they can chew. The ninjas’ swords and throwing stars may fail against the unearthly goons, but their skills don’t stop at sharp stuff. If you’re into Army of Darkness, you’ll be taking bets over who’ll win this over-the-top battle for survival!
Not rated. 83 minutes. Watch the FUNimation trailer here …
Watch the extended Japanese trailer with English subtitles (here).
My thoughts… Alien vs Ninja is 83 minutes of unashamed dumb fun! It’s a wildly entertaining ninja action/comedy mixed with sci-fi and horror that references Alien, Predator, Tremors, The Puppet Masters, Ryuhei Kitamura‘s Versus, and John Woo movies! The film’s likable leads drive a simple but engaging plot that is really just an excuse to string together numerous over-the-top action sequences, which are all well-choreographed, exciting and often amusing! The alien is (mostly) a man-in-a-rubber-suit monster (with some CGI), but it works! Oh, and Mika Hijii, who played Namiko in the Scott Adkins-starring American ninja films Ninja (2009) and its sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013), is bad-ass as Rin – and so adorable!
Read my original post on MHE (here).