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THREE NINJAS HIGH NOON AT MEGA MOUNTAIN

SYNOPSIS:
Colt (Mathew Botuchis) and his brothers Rocky (Michael O'Laskey) and Tum-Tum (James Paul Roeske) are three ordinary kids and expert ninja fighters, trained from an early age by their Japanese grandfather (Victor Wong). So when the Mega Mountain Amusement Park is taken over by an army of bungling criminals, it's up to the three ninjas to save the day.

"This barbaric piece of family entertainment sees our three young martial arts prodigies – the Hanson of kung fu teams – return to kick the crap out of more black-clad warriors twice their size. Guns and other weapons abound, along with plenty of bone-crunching sound effects; but maximum pain is inflicted by the wretched script, which includes lots of ‘Awesome! Way to go!’ exclamations from the kids, plus endless terrible attempts at camp humour. A ravaged Hulk Hogan is cruelly cast as a washed-up TV star, and the mugging, dopey villains include Jim Varney (of Ernest Scared Stupid fame) as well as Melrose Place’s Loni Anderson. The fun-park setting helps keep things lively, but isn’t particularly well exploited. This is a pretty awful movie, but it has lots of slapdash colour and movement, and it’s easy to see why children could find it pleasurable: there's something immediately exciting and liberating in the unfussy transition from ordinary family life (a birthday party, fretful relatives) to spectacular butt-kicking fantasy. Parents and other adults are advised to keep clear."
Jake Wilson



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JAKE WILSON
Jake Wilson is a writer and sometime media student based in Melbourne. An aspiring filmmaker, he has co-written the scripts for several short films including Meg And Vicky Save The World and the upcoming My Name Is Pirate. He also co-hosts the radio comedy show Pop Tarts on SRA FM.
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We welcome Jake to Urban Cinefile as a contributor.

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3 NINJAS: HIGH NOON ON MEGA MOUNTAIN
(US)

CAST: Hulk Hogan, Loni Anderson, Jim Varney, Mathew Botuchis, Michael J. O’Laskey II, J.P. Roeske II, Victor Wong, Alan McRae, Margarita Franco, Chelsey Earlywine

DIRECTOR: Sean McNamara

PRODUCER: James Kang, Yoram Ben-Ami

SCRIPT: Sean McNamara, Jeff Phillips

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Blake T. Evans

EDITOR: Annamaria Szanto

MUSIC: John Coda

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Chuck Connor

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Col TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Brisb-June 18; Melb-June 24; Syd, Adel, Per-July 2)







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