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3 Ninjas Kick Back
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles T. Kanganis
Produced by Martha Chang
James Kang
Arthur Leeds
Written by Sang-ok Shin
Mark Saltzman
Starring
Music by Richard Marvin
Cinematography Christopher Faloona
Editing by Jeffrey Reiner
David Rennie
Studio Sheen Productions, Inc.
Leeds / Ben-Ami Productions, inc.
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) May 6, 1994 (1994-05-06)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Money made $11,798,854 (Domestic)

3 Ninjas Kick Back is a 1994 American film directed by Charles T. Kanganis. It is a sequel to the film 3 Ninjas. Despite being released as the second installment of the franchise, Kick Back is chronologically the third installment of the 3 Ninjas series. Originally the other sequel 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up was shot back-to-back with the first film and with the original cast, but due to distribution issues it was released in 1995. Max Elliott Slade is the only actor to reprise his role from the previous films as Jeffrey "Colt" Douglas, one of the three main characters. The film has a continuity error where Mori's last name changes from Tanaka to Shintaro for no apparent reason.

It is the only film in the series to receive a video game adaptation.

Plot

The three titular ninjas of the story only known as ロッキー, Rokkī (lit. “Rocky“) the oldest brother; コルト, Koruto (lit. “Colt“) the middle brother; and タム • タム, Tamu-Tamu (lit. “Tum-Tum“) the youngest brother. They are the Douglas brothers who experience the pressures of growing up prior to a trip to Japan planned with their grandfather 森 •「新太郎」• 多名賀 - Mori “Shintarō“ Tanaka, who hopes to take them to a Ninja/martial arts tournament of which he was the champion 50 years ago. Only Tum-Tum seems interested in going, and even then, only out of interest in seeing sumo wrestlers due to how much food they get to eat. He tells the boys he hopes to return a dagger awarded to him at the tournament when he defeated a boy named 古 · 賀 - Koga, so that it may be presented to the incumbent winner. In Japan, a man, later revealed to be Koga, breaks into a museum and steals a sword before escaping via hang glider. At a baseball game, Rocky seems too focused on a cute girl to pitch properly, Tum-Tum causes constant breaks due to getting snacks, and Colt's temper causes a fight with the opposing team that grows so large that a brawl breaks out and the umpire calls off the game until the next week, driving a nail into the boys' plans to travel.

Meanwhile, back at Mori's cabin, a trio of grungers led by Koga's nephew Glam try to break into the house to steal the dagger. The boys manage to drive them off, counting it as an ordinary robbery attempt. Mori leaves alone, but the boys' father Sam accidentally gives him Tum-Tum's bag. Once he arrives in Japan, Mori's taxi is rear-ended by Glam and his friends who steal his bag. After hearing from Mori at the hospital, the boys discover their bags had been switched and have the dagger. They arrange a trip with Mori's credit card and meet him in Japan. He instructs the boys to give it to the Grand Master of the tournament. Glam and his friends record the conversation and deliver it to Koga, who punishes them for not retrieving the dagger, by having his bodyguard Ishikawa toss them around. At the tournament, Colt takes the place of a fallen competitor but is promptly beaten by a girl named Miyo Shikigawa, wounding his pride. She helps them deliver the dagger to the Grand Master, and allows the boys to stay with her and her mother. She has a love of baseball but is not very good. The boys offer to train her in baseball if she teaches them some of her martial arts skill and in the ways of Ninjutsu.

Koga attempts to trap the boys and retrieve the dagger himself by pretending to be the Grand Master, but the boys and Miyo catch onto his scheme. They face several adversaries before they are finally captured. Meanwhile, Mori is kidnapped from the hospital by Ishikawa after fleeing Glam and the others. Koga forces Mori to tell him the location of the Cave of Gold; an urban legend which the sword and dagger are the keys to open. Fearing the safety for his grandsons, Mori agrees to aid Koga. Soon after, the children come up with a plan and escape Koga's fortress on hang gliders, arriving at the cave underneath a castle shortly after the adults. Inside, Koga and Mori realize the legend is true after they encounter walls and monuments of gold within. While the two battle each other, the boys and Miyo drop in on them and Koga pulls a gun. Using Mori's lesson on focus, Colt throws a ball bearing into the muzzle of the gun, causing it to backfire and start a cave-in. The group flees the cave, and Koga, now realizing the price of his greed, apologizes and leaves the group unharmed. Rocky realizes that they are a day ahead of America and that they can still make it home by the championship game.

At the game, the boys overcome their flaws. Down by two in the 9th inning, one of the Mustangs' team player gets a hit off Rocky's pitch, which is almost a home run, until a recent roster add, revealed to be Miyo, catches the ball. In the bottom of the inning, Colt focuses and hits a home run, allowing all three boys to score and win the game for The Dragons. The bullies face them down after the game, and Darren (their leader) picks Miyo to fight for ruining his home run. Despite Tum-Tum's warning that "she's just a girl", Darren screams as she readies to attack him and the screen goes dark as he is beaten up soundly.

Cast

  • Victor Wong as Grandpa Mori “Shintarō“ Tanaka
  • Max Elliott Slade as Jeffrey "Colt" Douglas
  • Sean Fox as Samuel "Rocky" Douglas, Jr.
  • J. Evan Bonifant as Michael "Tum Tum" Douglas
  • Caroline Junko King as Miyo
  • Alan McRae as Sam Douglas Sr.
  • Margarita Franco as Jessica Shintaro-Douglas
  • Sab Shimono as Koga
  • Dustin Nguyen as Glam
  • Angelo Tiffe as Slam
  • Jason Schombing as Vinnie
  • Masashi "Killer Khan" Ozawa as Ishikawa, Koga's bodyguard
  • Scott Caudill as Darren "The Bully"

Other media

In 1994, NOW Comics published a three part comic book adaptation of the movie, which was written by Clint McElroy.

In 1994, Sony Imagesoft published a video game adaption for the Sega Genesis, SNES, and Sega CD platforms.

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