The year’s shortest month proved no challenge for me as I got in 33 movies during the 29 days of February (thank you, Leap Year!). Of those, 27 were films I had never seen before and 6 were revisits. I caught a bit of Sho Fever mid-month thanks to Tom so 4 of those revisits were Sho Kosugi ninja flicks. The other two were Nick Millard revisits from January’s case of Millard malaria I had. Once again, DVD dominated as only 4 of the 33 were on VHS. My player must have been angry at me for the neglect as it tore up my tape of Millard’s GUNBLAST (1986). I was so pissed I fired three gunshots into my door. Anyway, here are some of the better new flicks I experienced during February 2012.
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The last of Cannon's Kosugi ninja films, it is also one of the strangest films in U.S. ninja history (note I said U.S. ninja history as the Asians love them some wacky and strange ninja films). It is as if Golan and Globus decided to mix every popular genre at the time, resulting in a ninja film that also utilizes parts of FLASHDANCE and THE EXORCIST. Fans of Sho will probably be disappointed as he takes a supporting role here. He first appears onscreen around the 30 minute mark and doesn't throw his first kick until the 60 minute mark. Returning REVENGE OF THE NINJA director Sam Firstenberg handles all of the action well though, although the violence has been considerably toned down. It looks like they also utilized that turning set from BREAKIN' 2 for a scene in this that resembles POLTERGEIST. Kosugi left the chambers of Cannon after this film and started doing ninja films (like PRAY FOR DEATH) on his own.