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BEVERLY HILLS NINJA

SYNOPSIS

Haru (Chris Farley), as an infant, washes up on the shores of Japan and is taken in by the Sensei (Soon-Tek Oh) of a secret ninja doju. As an adult he trains to become a ninja like his brother Gobei (Robin Shou), but his clumsiness prevents him from attaining that final goal. When a sexy woman, Allison (Nicolette Sheridan), comes looking for a ninja to follow her boyfriend, Martin Tanley (Nathaniel Parker), Haru jumps at the chance. He finds that Martin is the head of a counterfeiting ring and later goes to Beverly Hills where he hopes to find Allison to help her. Gobei is sent to shadow Haru and he, hotel baggage handler Joey (Chris Rock), and Haru find themselves in many dangerous situations as they try to stop Tanley.

"This is a time when morons rule the cinemas, from Beavis and Butthead, to a butthead called Chris Farley, but at least this chubby former stand up comedian has a bit of genuine comic flair, and at the screening I attended the audience was more raucous than at Beavis. What does that tell you? Well, movie comedy is such a hit and miss genre, and more miss than hit. This kinda is a bit of both. Itís a very routinely crafted and mostly stupid film with flashes of hilarity that actually work. The opening montage with an accident prone Farley training as a Ninja is a gem, and his attempt to mix with scantily attired go-go dancers at a not-so-topless bar (this is a PG movie folks) is a comic masterstroke. Sheridan adds plenty of glamour to the film, and Britainís Parker is a polished villain. But itís Farleyís film and much of the humour tends to be repetitious which is one of the movieís major flaws. And it relies more on physical humour than genuine wit. Farley is a latter day Three Stooges rolled into one enormous comic bundle, and his use of facial gestures and child-like naivety, give him a certain charm. Beverly Hills Ninja is artless comedy, to be sure, but amidst the slush, there are enough diamonds to almost make this trip to Beverly Hills worthwhile."
Paul Fischer



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BEVERLY HILLS NINJA (PG)

(US)

CAST: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou, Nathaniel Parker, Chris Rock, Soon-Tek Oh, Keith Cooke hirabayashi, Francois Chau

DIRECTOR: Dennis Dugan

PRODUCER: Brad Krevoy, Steve Stabler, Brad Jenkel

SCRIPT: Mark Feldberg, Klebenoff

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Arthur Albert

EDITOR: Jeff Gourson

MUSIC: George S. Clinton

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ninkey Dalton

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: ColTristar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 27, 1997 (Sydney, Brisbane); April 10, 1997 (Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth)







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