Nothing gets my circulation going quite like a martial arts movie. I live for them. Breathe for them. Even the bad ones. Miami Connection. Game of Death II. Death Promise. Love them dearly despite their dubious reputations. So when boutique distribution label Vinegar Syndrome announces that not only are they starting up their own production company Vinegar Syndrome Pictures, and that their very first release is a long lost martial arts film starring John Liu, one of martial arts cinema’s best kickers, in what looks like a completely bonkers trip, you best believe I’m waiting in the wings to devour this one as soon as it touches down! Take a look at the press release from VS:
VSP’s initial release slate will kick off with NEW YORK NINJA, a wild action comedy originally directed by and starring John Liu, and produced by legendary New York exploitation producer Arthur Schweitzer. While NINJA was shot entirely on 35mm in 1984, the project 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” Wilson, Michael Berryman and Cynthia Rothrock to voice the leads. NINJA will receive its world festival premiere this Fall where it will be presented by Vinegar Syndrome’s Kurtis Spieler, who spearheaded the project, with additional details on home video and digital distribution to be announced.
The voices of Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Michael Berryman, as well as John Liu as a badass ninja vigilante kicking ass all over NYC?? I’m so there!! I can’t wait for this drop!!