Beverly Hills Ninja

January 17th, 1997


Beverly Hills Ninja

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An unlikely man raised by ninjas, goes against a counterfeiter with the help of the criminal's girlfriend.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 5.1/10 (15,677 voted)

Critic's Score: 27/100

Director: Dennis Dugan

Stars: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan, Robin Shou

Following a ship wreck, a baby is rescued by a clan of Ninja warriors and raised by them as one of their own. But Haru, as he is called, never quite fits in, nor does he manage to make a worthy Ninja. However, the good-natured and persevering Haru, in his own bumbling way, and with some help from Gobei, manages to prove himself to be a winner in the end.

Writers: Mark Feldberg, Mitchell Klebanoff

Chris Farley - Haru
Nicollette Sheridan - Allison Page / Sally Jones
Robin Shou - Gobei
Nathaniel Parker - Martin Tanley
Soon-Tek Oh - Sensei
Keith Cooke - Nobu (as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi)
Chris Rock - Joey
François Chau - Izumo
Dale Ishimoto - Old Japanese Man
Daming Chen - Head Kobudosai
Burt Bulos - Mr. Ozaru
Curtis Blanck - Billy
Tom Bailey - Billy's Dad
Jason Tobin - Busboy
Richard Kline - Driver

Taglines: Master of disaster.

Release Date: 17 January 1997

Filming Locations: 950 Mei Ling Way, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $12,220,920 (USA) (20 January 1997)

Gross: $31,235,710 (USA) (15 June 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The title role was originally written for Dana Carvey.

Continuity: When Haru is about to finish of Tanley during the end, the pipe that Tanley has switches from Tanley's hand in one shot, Haru's in the next shot.

Sensei: Twenty five years ago, an ancient legend of this sacred art came alive. It spoke of a foreign child who would come among us and become a Ninja master unlike any other. How he arrived on our shores will forever remain a mystery. We Ninjas thought that this child would be the great white Ninja of the legend. We were wrong. We were very wrong.

User Review

Enter The Moron (this is a good review)

Rating: 6/10

It's hard for me to review this movie without prejudice because to me, Chris Farley is the funniest person I have ever seen. Even though my adoration of the late comedian precludes me from giving a impartial rating of this movie, I can at least admit that this isn't one of his best efforts (I still loved this movie, it's just not my favourite Farley flick). Nevertheless, I'm going to take the easy way out and say: Come on, take it for what it is, a Chris Farley movie.

Farley plays Haru, an orphan adopted at birth by a clan of ninjas. He is raised under the pretenses that he is the Great White Ninja. Needless to say, his development is much anticipated by his teachers . Unfortunately, to the dismay of everyone, he grows up to be overweight and klutzy. While the ninja graduates are out celebrating, Haru finds himself alone at the retreat when a mysterious woman (Nicollette Sheridan) enters looking for help. Believing Haru to be a ninja, she hires him to spy on her boyfriend, an assignment he accepts with great enthusiasm. Hot on the boyfriend's trail, Haru witnesses a murder and eventually ends up in Beverly Hills. Surviving on dumb luck and a designated guardian ninja, Haru never gives up on his task.

Like I said before, this isn't Farley's greatest contribution to his comedic resume. But make no mistake, this is a funny movie. Farley's bread and butter is his propensity to bumble and stumble in any given situation - walking into poles, falling down stairs, crushing coffee tables, etc. Since his character is expected to be agile and sleek, the comedy in "Beverly Hills Ninja" is that much funnier. The exact same formula worked for Farley's SNL character Barney, the Chippendale's hopeful.

Many critics felt that, by this time, Farley was a one-trick-pony whose act had nothing more to offer than jokes involving head and groin injuries. Perhaps his choice in films were poor but to don't deny him the recognition of his talent is unfair. Watch the movie and you'll see Farley display all the qualities of a great comedian: intelligence, timing, pathos. He was a tremendous talent and I will miss him very much.


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