3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

3 Ninjas Knuckle Up is a 1995 American martial arts comedy film and a prequel to 3 Ninjas Kick Back. The film was directed by Shin Sang-ok, credited as "Simon Sheen".[2] The film was shot in 1992, the same year the first film was released, but was not released until 1995.

3 Ninjas Knuckle Up
3 ninjas knuckle up poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShin Sang-ok
Produced byMartha Chang
James Kang
Written byAlex S. Kim
Starring
Music byGary Stevan Scott
Louis Febre
CinematographyEugene Shluglet
Edited byPam Choules
Production
company
Sheen Productions, inc.
Leeds / Ben-Ami Productions, inc.
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • March 10, 1995
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$407,618 (U.S.) (sub-total)[1]

Plot

Rocky (Michael Treanor), Colt (Max Elliott Slade), Tum Tum (Chad Power) defend "Truth, Justice and the American Way", once more - this time, protecting a Native American village and the rest of society against a Toxic Waste Company.

During a summer the boys are staying with Grandpa Mori when they encounter a group assaulting a girl named Jo at a pizza parlour. After fending off the men, they are praised for their martial arts techniques which gives them big heads. Despite their efforts, they are put to work by Mori and the pizza owner to work off damages. Mori tries to teach them a lesson in humility, but the reference of a flower blooming goes over their heads. Jo comes to the boys later and explains that the men are under the employ of Jack Harding, an industrialist who is illegally dumping toxic contents into the reserve. Without proof, they can do nothing. Jo's father had gone to investigate but had not returned. Colt, who is seemingly attracted to Jo, says that they will help, and they mount an escape plan for her father that night, which is successful. They spend the night celebrating with the tribe and getting thanks for helping them. Jo's father appeals for a court date with significant evidence to put Jack out of business for good, undeterred. Jack arranges to have Jo kidnapped and convince her father to falsify his evidence, which he has no other choice.

Rocky and the others get information to where Jo is being held and drive out to free her and return before the court case is dismissed and all of her father's hard work accounts for nothing. After working through a small band of armed men, they find Jo and return her to the court house just before her father turns the real evidence over to Jack. He admits his mistake and hands the evidence to the judge who deems the case and shuts down the company producing the waste. Jo looks around for the 'heroes' of the day, but they are nowhere to be found. Rocky realizes the point of Mori's earlier lesson: that a flower is content to bloom quietly, without clamoring for attention. The film ends with Grandpa Mori and the boys somersaulting into the air in victory.

Cast

Reception

The film received mostly negative reviews.[3][4] Many fans attribute its lack of success to its PG-13 rating, which drove away younger viewers.

References

  1. ^ 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "3 Ninjas Knuckle Up". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW : '3 Ninjas' Knuckle Up to an Eco Enemy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  4. ^ "3 Ninjas Knuckle Up". Variety. Retrieved 2012-06-07.

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3 Ninjas

3 Ninjas is a series of action comedy films directed towards the preteen audience about the adventures of three young brothers who are trained by their Japanese grandfather in the art of Ninjutsu. Victor Wong is the only cast member to appear in all four films.

3 Ninjas (film)

3 Ninjas is a 1992 American martial arts comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub and starring Victor Wong, Michael Treanor, Max Elliott Slade, and Chad Power. It was the only 3 Ninjas film released by Touchstone Pictures, while the others were released by TriStar Pictures. The film is about three young brothers who learn martial arts from their Japanese grandfather.

3 Ninjas Kick Back

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