5/10

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Runtime: 88 min

Genres: Action | Comedy

Languages: English

Countries: USA


A slapstick comedy starring Chris Farley, Beverly Hills Ninja is part prop-gag movie and part testament to the late comedian's physical comedic abilities. As a baby, Haru (Farley) appeared on the coastal shores of Japan. Legend has it that a foreigner would arrive and become the greatest ninja ever, known as the "Great White Ninja." As Haru grew, it became apparent: he was not the one. But when a beautiful stranger named Sally (Nicollette Sheridan) appears at the dojo seeking a ninja's help, Haru finds his calling. Through a series of mix-ups (generally caused by Haru himself), Haru is framed for murder and he follows Sally to Beverly Hills to set things right. Finding out Sally's boyfriend is a counterfeiter and murderer, Haru with the help of hotel bellboy Joey (Chris Rock) and unknowingly with the help of his ninja brother Gobei (Robin Shou) takes down the counterfeit ring and finds his place among the ninja clan. Beverly Hills Ninja is full of individual comic gags that are hilarious in their purity--call it sadistic, but sometimes it's just plain funny watching a guy unwittingly walk into a lamppost while carrying on a conversation. Farley was a master at these tried-and-true gags, which reach right back into the origins of comedy. But it's not all slapstick; a scene where Haru is so taken by dancers at a local strip bar that he joins in is reminiscent of the mud-wrestling scene from Stripes. Beverly Hills Ninja may be considered a low-brow romp, but a romp it is nonetheless. --Shannon Gee



Directors (1)

Writers (2)

Mark Feldberg (written by) &
Mitchell Klebanoff (written by) (as Mitch Klebanoff)

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (51)

Alexandra Stabler Girl on Rodeo Drive
Anna Mathias Female Traveler
Billy Connolly Japanese Antique Shop Proprietor
Brett Golov Club Patron
Brian Hayes Currie Bouncer (as Bryan Hays Currie)
Burt Bulos Mr. Ozaru
Caesar Luisi Bouncer
Charles Dugan Man with Shoes
Chris Farley Haru
Chris Rock Joey
Conrad Goode Bouncer
Curtis Blanck Billy
Cynthia Allison Reporter
Dale Ishimoto Old Japanese Man
Daming Chen Head Kobudosai
Doug Tochioka Orange Ninja
Eric C. Charmelo Guy at Plant
Francesca Cappucci Reporter
Fran├žois Chau Izumo
Gerry Del Sol Porter
Hideo Kimura Security Person
James Laing Guard
Jason Davis Young Haru
Jason Tobin Busboy
Joe Decker Club Patron
John Farley Policeman
Keith Cooke Nobu (as Keith Cooke Hirabayashi)
Kevin P. Farley Policeman (as Kevin Farley)
Lisa C. Boltauzer Dancer (as Lisa C. Boltanzer)
Mary Morrissey Blonde (uncredited)
Michael Cardenas Patron at Hop Louie's
Nancy Howard Dancer
Nathan Jung Fisherman
Nathaniel Parker Martin Tanley
Nicolas Stabler Boy on Rodeo Drive
Nicollette Sheridan Allison Page / Sally Jones
Oliver Theess Student (uncredited)
Patrick Breen Desk Manager (uncredited)
Richard Kline Driver
Rick Miller Motorcycle Rider
Robbie Thibaut Jr. Grandson at Hotel
Robin Shou Gobei
Ryan Ryusaki Karate Kid (uncredited)
Saachiko Woman
Sarah Pierse Poodle Lady (as Sarah Pierce)
Soon-Tek Oh Sensei
Steve Terada Martial artist (uncredited)
Susan A. Burig Shrimp Lady (uncredited)
Tania L. Pearson Dancer
Tom Bailey Billy's Dad
Will Sasso Chet Walters (as William Sasso)