New York Ninja

“An insane, abandoned action romp… resurrected!” (ScreenAnarchy)

CIRCLE COLLECTIVE and VINEGAR SYNDROME are proud to present… NEW YORK NINJA. Shot entirely on 35mm in 1984, it was abandoned during production – resulting in all original sound materials, scripts and treatments going missing. The rights and unedited original negative were subsequently acquired by Vinegar Syndrome, who have meticulously constructed and completed the film, enlisting the talents of genre film superstars Don “The Dragon” WilsonMichael Berryman and Cynthia Rothrock to voice the leads. This is truly a one of a kind film experience.

Originally directed by and starring martial arts actor John Liu (THE SECRET RIVALSINVINCIBLE ARMOR) in his only American production, NEW YORK NINJA was filmed entirely on 35mm in 1984, but the project was abandoned during production resulting in all original sound materials being lost over time. 35 years later, Vinegar Syndrome acquired the original unedited camera negative and painstakingly constructed and completed the film.

Restored in 4K from the original camera elements, NEW YORK NINJA is finally available in all of its ridiculous, over-the-top glory for the first time ever after spending nearly four decades in film obscurity.

John is just an average man working as a sound technician for a New York City news station, until one day his pregnant wife is brutally murdered while witnessing the kidnapping of a young woman in broad daylight. Turning to the police for help, John soon learns that the city is overrun with crime and the police are too busy to help. Dressing as a white ninja, John takes to the streets as a sword wielding vigilante hell bent on cleaning up the streets of the city he once loved by ridding it of muggers, pickpockets, rapists, and gang members. However, in John’s quest for justice, he soon finds himself the target of every criminal in the city, including a mysterious villain known only as the Plutonium Killer. Will John survive to become the hero that New York City so desperately needs?

Featuring the vocal talents of genre favorites including Don “The Dragon” Wilson (Bloodfist, Whatever It Takes), Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Nightmare Sisters), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies), Vince Murdocco (Night Hunter, LA Wars), Matt Mitler (The Mutilator, Battle for the Lost Planet), Leon Isaac Kennedy (Lone Wolf McQuade, Penitentiary), Ginger Lynn Allen (The Devil’s Rejects, Vice Academy), and Cynthia Rothrock (China O’Brien, Martial Law).

“With shoestring production values, John Liu’s energetically silly fight choreography, good use of stolen locations and 35mm imagery in first-rate preservative condition, NEW YORK NINJA has cheesily entertaining elements that it combines in a very lively fashion.” (Variety)

“Admittedly, the tonal shifts between ninja-centric fun and kidnapping women are rough. However, this does little to diminish the culty, campy enjoyment the picture boasts with zeal.” (Film Threat)

“It’s a must-see for anyone who loves outrageous old action flicks, and who appreciates the labor of love that is film preservation.” (Film Inquiry)

Saturday, March 12
Doors 10:00 pm | Movie 10:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

*Minors permitted. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <[email protected]> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

In accordance with the Province of British Columbia’s current PHO from the Ministry of Health, all eligible patrons must present their proof of vaccine status for entry, and masks are to be worn at all times (except when seated). No exceptions.

NEW YORK NINJA (Originally directed by John Liu, Re-directed by Kurtis Spieler, 2021 / 92 mins / 18A) Originally shot in 1984 and abandoned before being re-discovered and finished in 2021, NEW YORK NINJA is about a sound technician for a news station who becomes a vigilante ninja in New York City after his pregnant wife is murdered.

A sound technician for a news station becomes a vigilante ninja in New York City after his pregnant wife is murdered.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

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