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The Hunted (1995)

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A New Yorker on business in Nagoya meets a lady in the hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him. He sees the ninja boss' face. Ninjas try to kill him again but new samurai friends help, hide and train him.

Director:

J.F. Lawton

Writer:

J.F. Lawton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Paul Racine
John Lone ... Kinjo
Joan Chen ... Kirina
Yoshio Harada ... Takeda Sensei
Yôko Shimada ... Mieko Takeda
Mari Natsuki Mari Natsuki ... Junko
Tak Kubota Tak Kubota ... Oshima
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Lt. Wadakura
Tatsuya Irie Tatsuya Irie ... Hiryu
Michael Warren ... Chase
Bart Anderson Bart Anderson ... John
James Saito ... Nemura
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Dr. Otozo Yamura
Toshishiro Obata Toshishiro Obata ... Ryuma
Ken Kensei ... Sujin
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Storyline

Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody ninja violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

24 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perseguido See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,495, 26 February 1995

Gross USA:

$6,609,661

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,609,661
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Exterior shots of the hotel at the beginning of the film is the Sandman Signature Hotel located at 10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC, however at the time it was a Delta Hotel. See more »

Goofs

While Takeda is speaking with Oshima about making a new sword, a Stellar's Jay can be heard in the background. Stellar's Jays are a bird found in North America, and are not found in Japan. See more »

Quotes

[Takeda speaks in Japanese with a chuckle]
Mieko: Takeda is impressed Mr. Racine. No one has ever escaped the Makato, now you've done it twice.
Racine: Tell 'im it's not a skill I wish to continue practicing.
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Crazy Credits

Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
  • Daidoji Yuzan
16th century See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1996 UK video version was cut by 12 secs to remove all footage of Japanese throwing stars. The cuts were waived in 2001. See more »

Connections

References Highlander (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Tokyo Blues
Written and Performed by George Lawton
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A good film
31 July 2006 | by takleefeySee all my reviews

The Hunted is surprisingly high in production values, acting and story. It also provides a nice inside look into Japanese culture and society. Blood and Gore of course, are a plenty. Christopher Lambert played his role very well and kept his naiveté and innocence very well portrayed, while finding himself in the middle of a war. The sword-fight choreography is decent and very realistic. The Japanese actors put on a splendid show. This a gripping, colorful and highly satisfying film that will never have you bored at any point. I find it quite under-rated because it is quite well developed despite its obscurity. This is something I would recommend to any viewer.


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