|Directed by||Neal Israel|
|Produced by||Evzen Kolar|
|Written by||Dan Gordon|
|Starring||Ernie Reyes, Jr.|
|Music by||David Kitay|
|Editing by||Tom Walls|
|Distributed by||New Line Cinema|
|Release date(s)||August 20, 1993|
|Running time||87 min. Neal Israel is a writer and director best known for his comedic work in the 1980s Dan Gordon is an American writer noted for his film and television work Ernest E Reyes Jr (born January 15, 1972) is an American Actor and Martial arts performer Robert Michael "Rob" Schneider (born October 31, 1963) is an American Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Leslie William Nielsen OC (born February 11 1926 is a Canadian-American Emmy Award -nominated Comedian and actor New Line Cinema, founded in 1967 is one of the major American Film studios Though it initially began as an independent film studio it became a Events 636 - Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar)|
Surf Ninjas, sometimes called Surf Ninjas of the South China Seas, is a 1993 American comedic family film involving martial arts, directed by Neal Israel and written by Dan Gordon. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Comedy film is a genre of Film in which the main emphasis is on humor. A family film (also known as family comedy) is a Film genre that like a Children's film, is suitable for young children but with the difference that a For other uses see Martial arts (disambiguation Martial arts film is a Film genre that originated in the Pacific Rim. Neal Israel is a writer and director best known for his comedic work in the 1980s Dan Gordon is an American writer noted for his film and television work The film stars Ernie Reyes Jr., Rob Schneider, Nicolas Cowan, and Leslie Nielsen. Ernest E Reyes Jr (born January 15, 1972) is an American Actor and Martial arts performer Robert Michael "Rob" Schneider (born October 31, 1963) is an American Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Nicolas Cowan is an Actor. He is primarily known for his appearance in Surf Ninjas. Leslie William Nielsen OC (born February 11 1926 is a Canadian-American Emmy Award -nominated Comedian and actor Surf Ninjas follows two teenage surfers from Los Angeles who discover that they are crown princes of the Asian kingdom Patusan and reluctantly follow their destinies to dethrone an evil colonel that rules over the kingdom. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Surf Ninjas was filmed in Los Angeles, Hawaii, and Thailand. The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the The Kingdom of Thailand (ˈtaɪlænd ราชอาณาจักรไทย, râːtɕʰa-ʔaːnaːtɕɑ̀k-tʰɑj A video game was also developed and released in conjunction with the film. Surf Ninjas was released in the United States on August 20, 1993, being received generally unfavorably by critics. Events 636 - Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) The film was released on VHS in December 1993 and re-released on DVD in September 2002.
Johnny (Ernie Reyes, Jr.) and Adam (Nicolas Cowan) are teenage surfers who reside in Los Angeles with their father Mac (John Karlen). Ernest E Reyes Jr (born January 15, 1972) is an American Actor and Martial arts performer Nicolas Cowan is an Actor. He is primarily known for his appearance in Surf Ninjas. John Karlen (born John Adam Karlewicz on May 28, 1933) is a Primetime Emmy Award -winning character Actor best known for playing Two weeks before Johnny's 16th birthday, ninjas attack the teenagers, but they are stopped by Zatch (Ernie Reyes Sr.), a warrior with an eye patch. Ernie Reyes Sr (born February 12, 1947 in Salinas, California) is a martial arts champion and Hall of Famer A follow-up attack results in the kidnapping of Mac, while Zatch is able to get the teenagers and their friend Iggy (Rob Schneider) away from the ninjas. Robert Michael "Rob" Schneider (born October 31, 1963) is an American Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Adam discovers that the video game on his Sega Game Gear correlates with the events happening around him and that he can control some events through his console. Safely away from the ninjas, Zatch reveals to Johnny and Adam that they are the sons of a Patusani king, whose land and monarchy was overthrown by Colonel Chi (Leslie Nielsen) when the boys were young. Leslie William Nielsen OC (born February 11 1926 is a Canadian-American Emmy Award -nominated Comedian and actor Zatch tells them that it is their destiny to return to Patusan, overthrow Colonel Chi, and rescue the population. Zatch takes the boys to the Patusani district in Los Angeles, the home of refugees from Chi's rule. Johnny is introduced to a Patusani princess, Ro-May (Kelly Hu), who has been betrothed to Johnny since childhood. Kelly Ann Hu (born February 13, 1968) is an American actress and former fashion model who held the Miss Teen USA 1985 title
Ninjas attack the group again, and Johnny finds his inherent abilities as a warrior prince emerge, successfully defeating several foes. With the ninjas dispatched, Johnny, Adam, Iggy, Zatch, and Ro-May decide to travel to Patusan. They are followed by a detective, Lieutenant Spence (Tone Loc), who had been investigating the ninja attacks on the boys. Tone Lōc (sometimes alternatively spelled Tone Loc or Tone-Lōc, with the second part of the name regardless of spelling pronounced like the "loc" in The group reaches Patusan and see the effects of Colonel Chi's rule, including a burned village and a Patusani chain gang monitored by Chi's henchmen. When Adam and Spence inadvertently fall into the sight of the henchmen, the group is forced to fight them. The henchmen are defeated, and the villagers are freed from the chain gang.
Zatch then leads the group to uncover a hidden cave in which the weapons of the Patusani monarchy are stored. Using his Game Gear and being helped by a monkey, Adam is able to uncover the cave for the group. In the cave, Zatch arms Johnny and attacks him in a tribulation to prepare the boy for future challenges. Johnny is beaten down repeatedly, but he is able to achieve the upper hand and disarm Zatch. The group rallies the villagers to overthrow Colonel Chi, and they travel to the shore of the mainland across from an island that is the home to the royal city and Chi's dungeon. Unable to take a boat to the unprotected side of the island due to an impassable reef, Johnny and Adam tell the Patusanis, who are expert at wood carving, to carve surfboards. With everyone equipped with their own surfboard, they swim to the unprotected side.
After landing at the island, Johnny and Zatch lead the attack on the royal city, taking down Chi's henchmen. Johnny and Adam's adoptive father Mac is freed, and Johnny confronts Colonel Chi, successfully defeating him with the help of Adam and his Game Gear. With Chi's rule undone, peace is restored to Patusan. Johnny is seated as the heralded warrior prince with Ro-May as his princess and Adam as a prince. Johnny declares for the monarchy to be dissolved and announces that Patusan would operate as a democracy under the people.
Surf Ninjas was filmed during the summer of 1992.  Filming locations included Thailand and Hawaii. The Kingdom of Thailand (ˈtaɪlænd ราชอาณาจักรไทย, râːtɕʰa-ʔaːnaːtɕɑ̀k-tʰɑj The State of Hawaii ( or həˈwaɪʔiː Hawaiian: Mokuāina o Hawaii) is a state in the United States located on an Archipelago in the  The second half of the film was shot first, and the crew moved to Los Angeles to film the first half. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West  New Line Cinema and Sega of America established a financial relationship in which a Sega Game Gear video game would be developed for the film. New Line Cinema, founded in 1967 is one of the major American Film studios Though it initially began as an independent film studio it became a is a multinational Video game Software and Hardware development company and a former Home computer The Sega Game Gear is a Handheld game console which was Sega 's response to Nintendo 's Game Boy. Game designers began developing the video game Surf Ninjas when the film was only in its scripting phase, receiving creative input from director Neal Israel. Neal Israel is a writer and director best known for his comedic work in the 1980s  In turn, Sega partially financed the film. Screenwriter Dan Gordon said that he wrote action sequences that would both suit the film and serve as a springboard for the video game. Dan Gordon is an American writer noted for his film and television work  In the film, one of the lead characters is shown playing the Surf Ninjas video game on a Sega Game Gear. The video game was released before the film's release, and it was considered the first movie-based video game to precede the film itself. 
The studio New Line Cinema released Surf Ninjas two weeks earlier than its planned release date in Evansville, Indiana and Lubbock, Texas as part of a test of regional markets. New Line Cinema, founded in 1967 is one of the major American Film studios Though it initially began as an independent film studio it became a Evansville (ˈɛvənzˌvɪl is the third-largest city in the U The early release marked the first time that a major film was released in Evansville before its national opening without any local ties. The president of theatrical marketing at New Line, Chris Pula, selected Evansville for its family-oriented audiences. Pula explained, "Evansville is traditionally a strong family market. Also, we have a strong relationship with the exhibitors in that area. " The president said that the studio was testing the film in a larger market than usual due to its uncertainty about the film's reception, and that the studio would measure its marketing success with ticket receipts. 
Surf Ninjas was widely released in 1,321 theaters in the United States on August 20, 1993. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Events 636 - Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid take control of Syria and Palestine Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Over its opening weekend, the film grossed $2,026,278, placing #13 in box office rankings ahead of Manhattan Murder Mystery. Manhattan Murder Mystery is a 1993 film directed by and starring Woody Allen, who plays Manhattanite book editor Larry Lipton  Surf Ninjas ultimately grossed $4,916,135 in the United States.  The film was released on VHS on December 29, 1993. Events 1170 - Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar)  It was subsequently released on DVD on September 3, 2002. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is Events 36 BC - In the Battle of Naulochus, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Admiral of Octavian, defeats Sextus Pompeius See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. 
Janet Maslin of The New York Times called most of Surf Ninjas "only mindlessly watchable" and called the film "another of Hollywood's efforts to prove that the American mall mentality is at home in any corner of the globe". Maslin also found the film to lack in actual surfing content.  Lynn Voedisch of the Chicago Sun-Times described Surf Ninjas as "a marriage of pop icons that simply was fated to be", citing children's love for ninjas, especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and for the surf culture. The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily Newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois. Surf culture includes the people language fashion and life surrounding the sport of modern Surfing. Voedisch considered Rob Schneider's presence as comic relief unfunny, believing that Leslie Nielsen should have received more screen time as the dictator. Robert Michael "Rob" Schneider (born October 31, 1963) is an American Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Leslie William Nielsen OC (born February 11 1926 is a Canadian-American Emmy Award -nominated Comedian and actor  Calvin Wilson of the Kansas City Star called the film "a disgrace. The Kansas City Star is a McClatchy Newspaper based in Kansas City Missouri, in the United States. . . even by Hollywood standards", seeing it as a mess of child lead roles, unfunny cameo roles by Schneider and Nielsen, martial arts action, and lame jokes. Wilson considered the story "stale and uninspired" that involved "people we don't care about doing things we can't believe". 
Stephen Hunter of The Baltimore Sun thought the film's lead Ernie Reyes, Jr. was too old and too muscular to be received believably as a 15-year-old teenager. The Baltimore Sun (officially just The Sun) is Maryland ’s largest general circulation daily newspaper and provides comprehensive coverage Ernest E Reyes Jr (born January 15, 1972) is an American Actor and Martial arts performer Hunter otherwise found the Reyes to impress with their fighting skills, though the film's martial arts sequences were "bloodless and absurd". Hunter also criticized the director for depriving the film of personality, with its lack of danger, seriousness, or spontaneity.  Richard Harrington of The Washington Post found the film to be "a harmless summer's entertainment" for young people who enjoyed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films and 3 Ninjas. The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D 3 Ninjas is a 1992 martial arts Comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub, starring Victor Wong, Michael Treanor Harrington enjoyed Reyes, Jr. as the protagonist but found Nielsen to be disappointing.  Paul Sherman of the Boston Herald thought that Surf Ninjas was "little more than a succession of dudespeak, surfing, skateboarding, video games, generic rock soundtrack and strained knucklehead humor". The Boston Herald is a Tabloid -format Daily newspaper, the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston Massachusetts, United States Sherman admired the story arc in which the protagonists learn to accept their destinies, but he thought that "the manufactured thrills along the way get obnoxious". Sherman thought that the film would only appeal to children under 12 years old, though the film's locations in Thailand in the second half added an exotic atmosphere. 
Desmond Ryan of The Philadelphia Inquirer thought that Leslie Nielsen was deceptively portrayed in a major role similar to that of Lieutenant Frank Drebin from the The Naked Gun films, instead having merely "a running and unfunny gag about his malfunctioning answering machine and generally wasted otherwise". The Philadelphia Inquirer is a morning daily Newspaper that serves the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area of the United Frank Drebin (full title Sergeant Frank Drebin Detective Lieutenant Police Squad) is the fictional main character in the Police Squad! series and the Naked The Naked Gun series is a series of three comedy films from 1988 to 1994 written and produced by the Comedy filmmaking trio Zucker Abrahams and Zucker Ryan also found the film's dialogue to be "painful" and considered Surf Ninjas to be "beyond airheaded".  Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle considered the story of Surf Ninjas to be "harmless and painfully dull". The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H LaSalle thought that the pacing of the film was too long with only "two smirks over the course of 90 minutes".  Sean Piccoli of The Washington Times thought that the film's "dull stretch" was buoyed by the presence of Rob Schneider. The Washington Times is a daily Broadsheet Newspaper published in Washington D Piccoli compared the martial arts choreography in the film to the "cartoon fantasies that little boys re-enact on neighbors' lawns: The good guys, alone and outnumbered by the charging horde, air-punch their way to glory. "
Ron Weiskind of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette perceived Reyes, Jr. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, also known simply as the "PG" is the largest daily Newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, as "a likable presence on screen" and Schneider to be occasionally humorous in his series of gaffs. Weiskind thought that even with the abundance of martial arts in the film, the scenes were generally too lifeless.  Joe Holleman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thought that Surf Ninjas pushed "the right buttons to guarantee adolescent enjoyment". The St Louis Post-Dispatch is the only major city-wide Newspaper in St Holleman acknowledged that the film was "not exactly a milestone in cinematic achievement", but he applauded the acrobatic choreography and the delivery of Schneider's throwaway lines in "the movie's funniest moments".  Sean P. Means of The Salt Lake Tribune described the film as a Toys "R" Us version of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, with "the cartoonish martial-arts sequences [owing] their entire existence to the villains' stupidity". The Salt Lake Tribune is the largest-circulated daily newspaper in the U Toys "R" Us ( currently typeset as Toys Я Us in the logo and before as Toys "Я" Us) is a Toy store chain based Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 period Adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. Means thought that the film was ultimately "as silly as it is forgettable".