B-Movie Bingo: American Ninja

Your monthly opportunity to literally check off a bingo card full of B-movie clichés! This month is a celebration of the year Golan Globus bestowed upon the '80s one of its most amazing gifts, and created a demarcation point in film history: Films made before Michael Dudikoff became the American Ninja, and films made afterwards. Stepping into the role of Private Joe Armstrong after Chuck Norris deemed it beneath him (fuck Chuck Norris), Dudikoff and director Sam Firstenberg launched what would become a decade-spanning series of super-plotty, silly-as-shit action films that contained no shortage of impressive stunts for the time. This film is embarrassing in more than a few ways, absolutely, but you know what makes it really fun? Pretending this is a Street Fighter prequel and "Joe Armstrong" is a codename for Guile.

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