You'd think the 1985 movie American Ninja was conceived by someone pulling buzzwords out of hat A and hat B, but in reality the title came later. The plot pits an evil ninja gang in the Philippines against the US military, led by our protagonist Joe, who mysteriously displays amazing ninja and martial arts skills. The improbable plot matters little because the action drew audiences in, and American Ninja made more than ten times its production budget at the box office. If you fondly recall American Ninja, you'll want to read some trivia about the film.
4. Chuck Norris was the original choice for the lead role.
He didn’t want to have to cover up his face to play the part in a movie. Chuck has always preferred to be seen as himself in any movie he makes.
3. There were four sequels to this movie.
Yes, there was an American Ninja 2, 3, 4, and 5. The main actors starred in a few of them together but not all of them.
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