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The Hunted (1995)

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A New Yorker on business in Nagoya meets a lady in the hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him. He sees the ninja boss' face. Ninjas try to kill him again but new samurai friends help, hide and train him.

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J.F. Lawton

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Paul Racine
John Lone ... Kinjo
Joan Chen ... Kirina
Yoshio Harada ... Takeda Sensei
Yôko Shimada ... Mieko Takeda
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Junko
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Oshima
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Lt. Wadakura
Tatsuya Irie Tatsuya Irie ... Hiryu
Michael Warren ... Chase
Bart Anderson Bart Anderson ... John
James Saito ... Nemura
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Dr. Otozo Yamura
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Ryuma
Ken Kensei ... Sujin
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Storyline

Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody ninja violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perseguido See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,495, 26 February 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,607,652
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fishing dock where Lambert & co. travel to the island is located in Steveston, BC. See more »

Goofs

In the Opening scene where Racine is walking with his business partners talking about "selling ice to Eskimos", Racine enters the taxi-cab with his trench coat on. When he arrives at the hotel, he gets out of the cab without the trench coat. He leaves the hotel on a stretcher, still without the coat, but it appears again when he puts it on as he tries to leave the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Racine: I'm not going because you won't let me go. I'm your prisoner, right?
Takeda: You are free to go, see how long you live without me to protect you!
Racine: That's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm taking the first flight back to New York, then I'm going to send Kinjo a postcard, see how well he does in my turf
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Crazy Credits

Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
  • Daidoji Yuzan
16th century See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1996 UK video version was cut by 12 secs to remove all footage of Japanese throwing stars. The cuts were waived in 2001. See more »

Connections

Features The A-Team (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

I Like Cowboy Boots
Written and Performed by George Lawton
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" I am fighting a thousand year old spirit who will not die "
15 September 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

If you are a fan of action films, like the kind Steven Segal is usually seen in, this one is for you. The movie cast is superb with veteran actor John Lone, playing Kinjo. He is usually a good guy but most recently is seen wearing black hats. His acting is incredible as is Yoshio Harada who plays Takeda, a master of Kendo or combat art. Another actor who is more famous for his 'Highlander' series is Christopher Lambert who plays Paul Racine. Adding sympathy, compassion and remarkable loyalty is Joan Chen who plays Kirina. The story is of a businessman who happens to be at the wrong place, when he witnesses a Japanese woman being murdered. Although he is severely wounded, the assassins do not kill him as instructed, but allow him to become a pawn in a thousand year old feud between two rival clans. The drama is top notch, the sword action is exciting and extremely good considering it's set in modern Japan. The element of spiritual combat is well blended with good old fashion martial arts. Recommended for anyone seeking a fine film. ****


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