Ninjas vs. Dinosaurs, Aliens, and John Travolta.
Based on the philosophy that everything is better with ninjas, “Ninja the Mission Force” is an independent comedy web-series that inserts ninjas into movies that weren’t fortunate enough to have ninjas in them to begin with.
Starring Ed Glaser and Brad Jones (“The Cinema Snob”), the weekly series follows Interpol agent (and sometimes ninja) Gordon and his rival Bruce in a race to collect six ninja ducky statues that together contain unlimited power. Along the way he’ll need the help of some pretty far-flung allies... including John Travolta, Sonny Chiba, and Orson Welles!
That’s because “Ninja the Mission Force” is also a loving homage to the notorious cut-and-paste ninja films of IFD and Filmark, in which ninja-based story lines are incongruously crowbarred into unrelated films. Here, writer Meagan Rachelle and producer Ed Glaser have combined original ninja footage with re-dubbed public domain movie footage into one continuous storyline.
“Ninja the Mission Force” is also the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to see ninjas, dinosaurs, space battles, and gladiator midgets all in one series.
Episodes vary from 10-15 minutes in length and are released every Thursday.
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Golden Ninja Warrior Chronicles
This site is the go-to place on the internet to begin any decent love affair with these movies. We particularly like this article on supporting actors, as it highlights our favorite man-about-Hong-Kong Andy Chworowsky, who did a guest voice in episode 2, “Ninja Godfather”. Also check out the interview with IFD and Filmark regular Edowan Bersma.
Hong Kong Cinemagic interview with IFD director Godfrey Ho
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