Stealth on the Pagodas: A List of Ninja Movies

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1. Ninja (2009)

R | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Mika Hijii, Todd Jensen

Votes: 11,479

2. Red Shadow: Akakage (2001)

108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Aka Kage, Aoi Kage and Asuka are trio of ninjas sent to perform dangerous secret missions for their master. Although Aka and Aoi are both in love with Asuka, the friendship built from their... See full summary »

Director: Hiroyuki Nakano | Stars: Masanobu Andô, Megumi Okina, Kumiko Asô, Jun Murakami

Votes: 855

3. Yagyû bugeichô (1957)

106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga, Kyôko Kagawa, Mariko Okada

Votes: 101

4. Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Toshirô Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 68

5. Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered.

Director: Isaac Florentine | Stars: Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Mika Hijii, Markus Waldow

Votes: 10,496

6. Alien vs. Ninja (2010)

80 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

A comet crashes into a Japanese forest and a group of mighty ninjas must fight a group of killer Aliens before they reach their village and kill everyone.

Director: Seiji Chiba | Stars: Masanori Mimoto, Shûji Kashiwabara, Donpei Tsuchihira, Mika Hijii

Votes: 2,069

7. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,415

8. Goemon (2009)

128 min | Action, Drama, History

Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Takao Ohsawa, Ryôko Hirosue, Jun Kaname

Votes: 4,996

9. The Kunoichi: Ninja Girl (2011)

65 min | Action

Rina Takeda plays the role of a female ninja named Kisaragi who attempts to rescue a group of women being held captive to become toys for men. The film is set sometime in the Sengoku period... See full summary »

Director: Seiji Chiba | Stars: Rina Takeda, Mickey Koga, Masanori Mimoto, Yûichi Satô

Votes: 344

10. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri

Votes: 11,819

11. Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu (1980)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that ... See full summary »

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Etsuko Shihomi, Yuki Ninagawa

Votes: 615

12. Castle of Owls (1963)

91 min | Drama

This is a classic early Japanese Ninja movie. The Iga ninjas are a dying breed as Toyotomis rule allows Japan to experience some peace. Juzo, an Iga ninja who had vowed revenge for the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Minoru Ôki, Hizuru Takachiho, Chiyoko Honma

Votes: 236

13. The Magic Serpent (1966)

Not Rated | 86 min | Fantasy

In ancient Japan, a good lord is killed and his throne is taken by the trecherous Yuki Daijo and his wizard friend Oroki-maru. The young prince Ikazuki-maru is rescued from the jaws of ... See full summary »

Director: Tetsuya Yamanouchi | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Tomoko Ogawa, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Bin Amatsu

Votes: 308

14. Owls' Castle (1999)

138 min | Action, Drama

As the great military commander Nobunaga Oda was consolidating his power across Japan, one of his actions was to wipe out a clan of assassins, killing every man, woman and child he found in... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Mayu Tsuruta, Riona Hazuki, Takaya Kamikawa

Votes: 399

15. Demon Spies (1974)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

Deep in the mountains of feudal Japan, a group of children endure cruel and unorthodox training in order to become the Shogunate's most secret and deadly weapons - the Demon Spies! Their ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Tsuboshima | Stars: Keiko Aramaki, Hiroshi Ayukawa, Jun Fujimaki, Shôzô Fukuyama

Votes: 110

16. Kamui (2009)

120 min | Action, Drama

The adventurous story of a fugitive ninja.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Kaoru Kobayashi, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 940

17. Legend of the Shadowy Ninja: The Ninja Dragon (1990 Video)

70 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Gangsters warfare turns out to be an alien invasion of the Earth.

Director: Gô Nagai | Stars: Kenji Ohtsuki, Etsuko Araoda, Rikiya Yasuoka, Tetsuya Matsui

Votes: 34

18. Cyber Ninja (1988)

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In a futuristic version of medieval Japan, a band of swordsmen battles an evil warlord and his mechanical army of ninjas, and are aided by a mysterious heroic cyborg ninja, Shiranui.

Director: Keita Amemiya | Stars: Hanbei Kawai, Kunihiko Ida, Eri Morishita, Makoto Yokoyama

Votes: 235

19. Samurai Fiction (1998)

111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge.

Director: Hiroyuki Nakano | Stars: Morio Kazama, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoyasu Hotei, Tamaki Ogawa

Votes: 2,485

20. Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

49 Metascore

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Takatoshi Kaneko

Votes: 13,906

21. Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action

Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, ... See full summary »

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Aya Ueto, Yûma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shun Oguri

Votes: 5,142

22. The Dagger of Kamui (1985)

Not Rated | 132 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's ... See full summary »

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Mami Koyama, Tarô Ishida, Yuriko Yamamoto

Votes: 562

23. Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama

Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 694

24. The Ninja Wars (1982)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A fortuneteller prophesizes that whoever marries the beautiful Ukio will become the ruler of the world. Naturally, this makes her very popular with those vying for power, particularly the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsei Saitô | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Noriko Watanabe, Jun Miho, Yuki Kazamatsuri

Votes: 448

25. Enter the Ninja (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After just completing his training at a ninja school, an army vet travels to the Phillippines and finds himself battling a land grabber who wants his war-buddy's property. He must also ... See full summary »

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Franco Nero, Susan George, Shô Kosugi, Christopher George

Votes: 3,778

26. Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds... See full summary »

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye, Arthur Roberts

Votes: 3,985 | Gross: $10.33M

27. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

R | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller

An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Lucinda Dickey, Jordan Bennett, David Chung

Votes: 3,431 | Gross: $7.61M

28. American Ninja (1985)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

20 Metascore

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Judie Aronson, Guich Koock

Votes: 12,687 | Gross: $10.50M

29. Pray for Death (1985)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After a peace loving Japanese immigrant and his family become victims of a crime syndicate, a master ninja emerges.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Shô Kosugi, James Booth, Donna Kei Benz, Norman Burton

Votes: 1,539

30. Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)

95 min | Action, Comedy

Two rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty enemy.

Director: Corey Yuen | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Conan Lee, Jung-Lee Hwang, Kaname Tsushima

Votes: 1,556

31. Ninja Terminator (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure

Three martial-arts students search for the Golden Ninja Warrior, a statue reputed to have magic powers.

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Richard Harrison, Jung-Lee Hwang, Jonathan Wattis, Maria Francesca

Votes: 1,009

32. Nine Deaths of the Ninja (1985)

R | 94 min | Action, Thriller

Two anti-terrorist agents are assigned to free a busload of American schoolchildren in the Philippines who are taken hostage by terrorists.

Director: Emmett Alston | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Brent Huff, Emilia Crow, Blackie Dammett

Votes: 1,104

33. The Octagon (1980)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A martial artist must defeat a plan by ninjas to create a worldwide training camp for terrorists.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Chuck Norris, Karen Carlson, Lee Van Cleef, Art Hindle

Votes: 4,571 | Gross: $18.97M

34. Five Element Ninjas (1982)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 1,839

35. Mafia vs. Ninja (1985)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sewage workers Jack and Charlie get involved in an international Asian gang war when Jack helps the boss of a Shanghai gang against one of his rebellious underlings. This underling then ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Tai | Stars: Alexander Rei Lo, Philip So, Hsueh-Erh Hu, Hsieh Wang

Votes: 275

36. The Ninja Mission (1984)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

Swedish scientist named Karl Markov is taken hostage by the KGB. After his daughter Nadia is also kidnapped and brought deep into the heart of Russia, a group of highly trained ninjas, led ... See full summary »

Director: Mats Helge Olsson | Stars: Krzysztof Kolberger, Hanna Bieniuszewicz, Bo F. Munthe, Curt Broberg

Votes: 620

37. Ninja: The Final Duel (1986)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime

The Ji Ho Ninja clan vow to destroy the monks of a Shaolin temple. To do so they must first perfect their Water Spider Assault Unit, the Iron Tiger Claw, the Ninja Rock Climbing Formation ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Tai | Stars: Alexander Rei Lo, Alice Tseng, Alan Lee, Eugene Thomas

Votes: 147

38. American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

39 Metascore

On a remote Caribbean island, Army Ranger Joe Armstrong investigates the disappearance of several marines, which leads him to The Lion, a super-criminal who has kidnapped a local scientist and mass-produced an army of mutant Ninja warriors.

Director: Sam Firstenberg | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway

Votes: 7,419 | Gross: $4.00M

39. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra", who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no ... See full summary »

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele B. Chan

Votes: 4,498 | Gross: $0.90M

40. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama

The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.

Director: Cedric Sundstrom | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, James Booth, Dwayne Alexandre

Votes: 4,090 | Gross: $0.36M

41. American Ninja 5 (1993)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

When a scientists daughter is kidnapped, American Ninja (David Bradley), attempts to find her, but this time he teams up with a youngster he has trained in the ways of the ninja.

Director: Bob Bralver | Stars: David Bradley, Lee Reyes, Anne Dupont, Pat Morita

Votes: 3,617

42. Shaolin vs. Ninja (1983)

84 min | Action

In Japanese-occupied China, a group of ruthless ninjas schemes to take control of a Shaolin temple - and all of its riches - by any means necessary. The peaceful Shaolin monks are reluctant... See full summary »

Director: Robert Tai | Stars: Alexander Rei Lo, William Yen, Alan Chung San Chui, Chi Ping Chang

Votes: 138

43. Rage of Honor (1987)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama

Tanaka, a DEA agent, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Tanaka follows the culprit, a sadistic drug lord, down to Argentina.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Shô Kosugi, Lewis Van Bergen, Robin Evans, Gerry Gibson

Votes: 618

44. Sakura Killers (1987)

83 min | Action

Ninjas steal a research tape. Colonel chuck connors sends two agents undercover to retrieve it. Ninjas are sent to scare them off. The two seek help and are trained by a ninja master to become Ninjas themselves.

Directors: Yu Wang, Dusty Nelson | Stars: Chuck Connors, Mike Kelly, George Nicholas, Cara Casey

Votes: 287

45. White Phantom (1987)

89 min | Action

A group of camouflaged ninjas steals a case of plutonium from a transport vehicle.

Director: Dusty Nelson | Stars: Jay Roberts Jr., Bo Svenson, Page Leong, Jimmy Lee

Votes: 140

46. L.A. Streetfighters (1985)

R | 85 min | Action, Drama

A Korean immigrant in L.A. encounters difficulties when he refuses to join the all-Korean gang in his highschool.

Director: Woo-sang Park | Stars: Jun Chong, Phillip Rhee, James Lew, Rosanna King

Votes: 370

47. Lethal Ninja (1992)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama

An American ninja's wife is held hostage by a sadistic Nazi chemist on an Asian island. He teams up with an African-American ninja to rescue her.

Director: Yossi Wein | Stars: Ross Kettle, Norman Coombes, David Webb, Karyn Hill

Votes: 178

48. Ninja Academy (1989)

R | 120 min | Comedy

"Police Academy" styled film offers its laughs at the expense of students of the obvious school for ninjas.

Director: Nico Mastorakis | Stars: Will Egan, Gerald Okamura, Kelly Randall, Michael David

Votes: 467



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