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Are Ninjas Still Hip?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 · 1 Comment

ninja-pict-red.jpg In the 1980s, ninjas were all the rage. I was a big-time ninja fan. Some of my favorite movies included classics like Revenge of the Ninja (all-time best ninja movie), American Ninja (I through V), Enter The Ninja, and, of course, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — with movies, cartoons, action figures, and video games, definitely the best branded ’80s ninjas around. Splinter was an excellent trainer and should make us all proud.

I’m thinking about ninjas this morning since I was fortunate enough last night at Justin’s place to catch a few minutes of the 1984 classic Ninja III: The Domination, which somehow escaped my 1980s ninja radar. The scene I caught was a woman ninja clad in brown camouflage hiding in trees and sniping with bow and arrows the cops attending the funeral of one of their fallen camarades. It really got me psyched about ninjas again. What kid who grew up in the ’80s didn’t dream of and pretend to be a ninja? Or was that just me?

Regardless, ninjas were definitely hip in the ’80s. Why? And are ninjas not hip anymore? I wonder. An IMDB search for ninja returns 283 partial title results, and a quick skim of that list reveals my instinct: That most ninja movies were made in the ’80s, with a sprinkling in the early ’90s and even one from 2003 called A Ninja Pays Half My Rent.

A Google search for ninja reveals 12,400,000 results, along with ads for ninja gear and low-cost quality swords. So there must still be a market for ninjas. But do they make for hip dinner conversation these days? And do today’s kids still want to grow up to be ninjas? I think I’ll find out next time I’m out on the town or at a dinner party. And I’ll keep my dream of becoming a ninja one day alive.

At least one other guy still loves ninjas, too. He writes:

Hi, this site is all about ninjas, REAL NINJAS. This site is awesome. My name is Robert and I can’t stop thinking about ninjas. These guys are cool; and by cool, I mean totally sweet.


1. Ninjas are mammals.
2. Ninjas fight ALL the time.
3. The purpose of the ninja is to flip out and kill people.

I couldn’t have said it much better myself. Ninjas rule.

In other news, it’s so cold this morning that my noise hair nostrils froze a little bit while walking the dogs. The treemometer tells me it’s about 7 degrees this morning:

Yahoo Weather tells me it’s a mere 3 degrees.


And, technically, it’s still fall. Winter doesn’t begin until December 21, the solstice.

Doesn’t it look like someone threw a party? Stella thinks so.

Tags: movies

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 seth // Dec 14, 2005 at 10:56 am

    I am tired of ninjas being portrayed as mindless, acrobatic death-machines. Not only did they single-handedly revive the pajama industry in the early 80s, but naked female ninjas have been excercising my imagination for years.