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domingo, 20 de febrero de 2011

Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors or When IFD Ninjas went to a jungle full of picnic tables Part 2

As we stated in the previous entry, Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors was the last ninja movie ever played by Richard Harrison on IFD & the first one for Mike Abbott who had already made his debut in Hitman the Cobra.

Mike Abbott was shown to the world in Hitman the Cobra & more notoriusly in Ninja operation 7: Royal Warriors

Based on Mike Abbott's memories Hitman the Cobra was shot during the first weeks of October 1986 & just a couple of weeks later Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors was produced. If we pay attention to Mike Abbott's clothes in Hitman the cobra, we found out he is using the same outfits at the end of Ninja operation 7: Royal Warriors when Richard Harrison is chasing him. Both movies were shot in a period of a month.

Mike Abbott's clothes were previously used 2 weeks before in the set of Hitman the Cobra

Ninja operation 7: Royal Warriors is a great adventure motion picture. It is like an Indiana Jones movie for adults, containing as we stated ninjas, nude girls, amazing stunts, gratuitious sex, witches..etc. But all this elements were not brought to us by Godfrey Ho...not in a direct way, I mean.In some Asian art covers, Richard Harrison's face was changed by thai superstar Sorapong Chatri's

Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors was made using a korean-taiwanese-thai coproduction movie titled THE GREAT SCAPE IN JUNGLE (Millim-ui daetalchul), directed in 1985 in Thailand by korean director Kim Jong-seong who was a veteran directing martial arts & action movies in his own country. In fact, The great scape in Jungle was his last directing job before he changed his duties to planner & producer.
Original korean poster for the source movie used in Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors

Joseph Lai might think this movie really worths a view & he released & distributed it everywhere. It can be told Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors is one of IFD movie that has enjoyed a wider world distribution since it could be found in countless versions & languages. Just taking a look to the several titles it was edited.

It doesn't matter which country bought the rights of Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors. Their art covers always included Abbott, Tarzan's sister & the wild tiger!!!!

Many art covers, with Harrison or Abbott in tough poses & many different titles were shown on video rental shelves. Ninja Operation 7: Royal Warriors helped to create that urban legend about Joseph Lai & Godfrey Ho made dozens of hundreds ninja movies when the reality was quite simple: their movies got world wide distribution that could compete with giants like Golden Harvest or Shaw Bros...if not even bigger since IFD copyright were easier & cheaper to get than the others.
In USA, they never paid attention to the jungle, Tarzan's sister or the wild tiger...not even to Mr Harrison or Mr abbott. A very "sad" art cover that doesn't make justice to Ninja operation 7: Royal Warriors

Whoever wishes to spend 87 minutes of pure fantasy, great action scenes, ninjas & girls should get Ninja Operation 7:Royal Warriors. This IFD movie was released as Hands of death ( not to be confused with John Woo's directorial debut) in USA , The Secret of the lost empire in many other territories or even just Royal Warriors like that superb movie from D&B films starred by Michelle Yeoh that, what a coincidence!!!, was also produced in 1986/87 like this one from IFD.

Another clip from one of the funniest & most enjoyable IFD adventure movies!

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