Yeah, I liked it even though it was only on par with other shows of the time such as the A-Team, Dukes Of Hazzard, and etc. when it comes to cinematography and overall aesthetics of the show.
I swear there has to be a car chase with a car going off of some kind of ramp and crashing upside down in every episode.
It was a great series done before it’s time, and with the worst low budget elements. Can you imagine if it was done now with the great directors creating projects today?
I loved Van Cleef as the Master, but I would love to see a redo. My vote to play the new Master would be Liam Neeson (Think Master Ninja in Batman Begins crossed with Qui-Gon Jinn, crossed with Taken, crossed with Kingdom Of Heaven, and then crossed with Rob Roy).
I think he has the chops both physically, and actor-wise to do the role justice. What do you think? Who would you like to see for the role if it ever was resurrected?
I have the entire season on VHS. I picked it up a couple of decades ago at a Mom-n-Pop Video Rental Store which went belly-up when Blockbuster moved into the neighborhood. I still watch it every once in a while.
Side Note; I also have “The Last Ninja”. A pilot movie for a T.V. series a year before “The Master Ninja” series came out. It has one of my favorite Japanese actors, Mako, in it. It would have made for an even better series.
Wow, I had nearly forgotten that show-fun times. Neat pic, Daremok! You did a pretty convincing Van Cleef, there. Never saw the Last Ninja pilot, but anything with Mako sounds like it would have been awesome.
And yeah, post-Batman Begins/Taken I think Liam Neeson is the obvious choice for a westerner turned ninja. I’ve seen some bits of Kane Kosugi’s Japanese films-he was in one of the newerGodzilla movies-and he would make a cool villain I think.
Someone who I think I would rather like as the sidekick…Andrew Garfield from the most recent Spiderman movie. He’s dorky but immensely likable and seems comfortable with the physical stuff.