An American businessman, Paul Racine, is visiting Nagoya, Japan and meets a woman in a hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him, but he sees the ninja boss’s face. Now, he’s the prime target of a dangerous ninja cult and gets help from a group of samurai who have battled the cult for generations.
One of the many ninja actionfests that Cannon Films put out in the 80s, American Ninja stars Michael Dudikoff as Pvt. Joe Armstrong, an Army soldier and secret ninja who discovers a black-market arms dealer and his army of evil ninjas are operating in the Philippines near where he’s stationed and he becomes determined to stop them.