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3 NINJAS KICK BACK, 1994
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  MOVIE POSTER 3 NINJAS KICK BACK, 1994
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Directed by: Charles T Kanganis

Starring: Victor Wong, Max Elliot Slade, Sean Fox, J. Evan Bonifant

Review by Travis Seppala

SYNOPSIS:

The 3 young brothers are back in this sequel where they must travel to Japan to save their Grandpa from falling into the clutches of his old ninja rival who wants to use Grandpa to unlock a legendary cave of treasure.

REVIEW:

Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum are back for a new adventure.... except that Rocky and Tum Tum are played by different actors... and this "new adventure" feels remarkably similar to their first adventure... but hey, they ad a new ninja girl into the mix and have their adventure in Japan this time! So that's something. Right? Oh, oh! And they get to ride on hang gliders! Flying ninjas, AWAY! 

Grandpa and the "3 Ninjas" (Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum) continue their annual summer martial arts training. Afterward, Grandpa reveals to the boys a dagger that he was presented with 50 years earlier after winning a martial arts tournament in Japan. He tells them the story of how he won it and about his beaten opponent Koga who wanted the dagger for other reasons than just a trophy... it seems the dagger, when combined with a sword of similar design, acts as a key to the legendary Cave of Gold. Grandpa himself does not believe that such a place exists, but Koga believed it with all his heart, and vanished after his defeat in the tournament. Grandpa plans to go to Japan later that week to present the dagger to the winner of the same tournament that is scheduled for that weekend. He invites the boys to come with him. 

Meanwhile, in Japan, Koga steals the sword mentioned in Grandpa's story from a historical museum. He then hires his dimwitted wannabe rocker nephew (and his two equally dumb friends) to go to Grandpa's house and steal the dagger. 

Rocky, Colt and Tum Tum are involved with a championship baseball game in which their father is their team's coach. Due to the boys' bad habits (Tum Tum caring more about food than the game, Rocky being overly distracted by an attractive girl, and Colt having a short temper and storming the mount after he's been hit by a pitch), the game quickly becomes a free-for-all brawl. The umpire puts a stop to it and declares the game will conclude in one week, after everyone's had time to cool down. This gives the boys a choice: stay in town for the baseball game, or go with Grandpa to Japan. Much to Grandpa's disappointment, they chose baseball.

When Grandpa leaves the boys alone for a bit to go get his plane ticket to Japan, the three dimwits (Glam, Slam, and Vinnie) show up to try and steal the dagger. The boys use booby traps and martial arts to run the would-be thieves off. 

The boys go with Grandpa to the airport, and there's a mix up of luggage. Grandpa takes Tum Tum's luggage by mistake, leaving the dagger behind with the boys. The goons hired to steal the dagger don't realize this and follow Grandpa to Japan where they again try to steal it after causing a car accident with Grandpa's taxi. Grandpa winds up in the hospital, and the goons end up with Tum Tum's candy stash.

 When everyone involved finds out what happened, Colt and his brothers head to Japan and Koga sends his nephew and his friends to kidnap Grandpa. The 3 Ninjas go to the martial arts tournament as Grandpa instructed and meet the winner- a girl named Miyo. They decide to teach her to place baseball and in return she teaches them some of her martial arts (as she seems to be better at it than they are, despite their own training in it). Rocky falls for the girl and she helps them in a fight against Koga's ninja warriors. 

"3 Ninjas Kick Back" is a terrible sequel to a sub-par movie! What I can't understand is that how after this movie was so bad, they went on to make two MORE sequels: "3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up" and "3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain". I will NOT be watching those movies after the disaster of this film. 

First, the acting. In the first movie, the three brothers did a decent job and there was nothing really negative to say about their performances. So if it ain't broke, why fix it? For this movie, only the middle brother was played by the same actor with the oldest and youngest being new (and far inferior) actors. This makes even less sense to me when you take into account that in the 3rd movie in the series, "3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up", all 3 original cast members return. So why replace them for this movie? 

The storyline is nearly identical to the original film: a bad guy from Grandpa's past hires 3 numbskulls to try and do his evil bidding, only to have them foiled by a combination of "Home Alone" style antics, and the martial arts styling of 2 junior high kids and an elementary kid. There were some slight differences here, but not enough to make it a totally original movie. I guess they went with my "if it ain't broke, why fix it" statement... but my answer to that is this is a sequel and there should be a new adventure... not the same adventure as before but with a new location. 

Also, this movie was a lot more immature than the first. The big "gag" in this film seemed to be during the baseball game when an overweight player on the opposing team had such bad gas, that LITERALLY everyone at the game (players and spectators alike) passed out from the smell of his farts. Really? We're going to rely on over-the-top fart jokes? And of course, the bad guy, Koga, learns the valuable lesson in the end that greed corrupts and he ends up apologizing to Grandpa and the boys and walking away. Again, REALLY?! After all he's done to that family, they're going to just let him walk away with an "I'm truly sorry"? 

This movie MIGHT be an amusing film to show a very young kid (we're talking under the age of 7). Nobody else will find it funny, despite it's desperate attempts to make it's audience laugh. I understand that it's not at all geared toward an adult audience, but I feel like the humor it tries to convey might even be too immature for the G-rated crowd. Although, to give some credit, I will say that the fight scenes in this movie were a little more watchable than the original.

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