New York Ninja, the forgotten movie you didn’t know you had to see until now, is ready for you to watch. Originally left for dead and abandoned in 1984, this lost action movie has been restored to all its 4K glory and finally received its highly anticipated world premiere at Beyond Fest 2021! What’s New York Ninja questions about you? Let me break it down for you after you watch this crazy trailer.
New York Ninja stars and focus on John (John Liu), who is just an average guy who works as a sound engineer for a news station in New York City. John tries to make it in the big city and hopes to enjoy his family life. Nothing fancy, just one of the millions of New Yorkers rushing through the Big Apple. Until one day his pregnant wife is brutally murdered after witnessing the kidnapping of a young woman in broad daylight. There’s nothing like punching you in the face with a gruesome story. John turns to the police for help and soon discovers that the city is overrun with crime and that the police are too busy to help.
What is Jan doing now? He does what any grieving husband would and becomes a hero of the town. John dresses up as a white ninja and takes to the streets as a sword-wielding vigilante whose sole mission is to clean up the streets he once loved. How do you ask? By getting rid of the robbers, pickpockets, rapists, drug dealers and gang members. Not an easy task for one man, but he is a ninja after all.
But with great power comes great responsibility (I’ve heard that somewhere before) and on his mission, John becomes the prime target of every criminal in town. A very mysterious villain known only as the Plutonium Killer has his own mission… Kill John aka The New York Ninja!
Originally directed by and starring martial arts actor John Liu (The Secret Rivals, Invincible Armor) in its only US production, New York Ninja was filmed entirely on 35mm in 1984, but the project was halted during production, resulting in the loss of all original sound materials, scripts and treatments. So here we are 35 years later and now we can enjoy New York Ninja thanks to the vinegar syndrome. They bought the original raw camera negative and built and finished the film.
Enabling the voice talents of genre favorites Don “The Dragon” Wilson (blood fist, No matter what), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, nightmare sisters), Michael Berryman (The hills have eyes, Aunt Lee’s Meat Pies), Vince Murdocco (night fighter, LA Wars), Matt Mitler (the mutilator, Battle for the Lost Planet)Leon Isaac Kennedy (Lone Wolf McQuade, penitentiary), Ginger Lynn Allen (The Devil’s Rejections, Vice Academy), and Cynthia Rothrock (China O’Brien, martial law)Vinegar Syndrome is extremely proud to present this truly unique movie experience.
New York Ninja is finally available in all its ridiculously over-the-top glory for the first time ever… after spending nearly four decades in the movie’s purgatory. I mean, who doesn’t love a great 80s ninja movie? New York Ninja is directed by John Liu and Kurtis M. Spieler and had its world premiere at Beyond Fest on Saturday, October 2, 2021.