‘Five Element Ninjas‘ is a Shaw Brothers classic martial arts movie from 1982 directed by Chang Cheh and stars Tien Chi Cheng, Lo Mang, Chan Wai-Man and Chen Pei-Hsi. ‘Five Element Ninjas’ also known as ‘Chinese Super Ninjas’ was released on Blu-ray by Shout Factory as part of their Shaw Brothers Classics Volume Four Collection.
As a classic Shaw Brothers production, ‘Five Element Ninjas’ stands out for its popularity and action-packed sequences, seamlessly blending an easy-to-follow story with Chang Cheh’s unique handling of ninjas and secret weapons. The film adds a stylistic touch by flashing the names of weapons and gadgets on screen, giving the audience an engaging and immersive experience.
The storyline unfolds with a dash of romance, complete with backstabbing and revenge, adding depth to the characters. Witness the artistry of different ninja groups, each representing elements like water, fire, earth, gold, and wood, as they employ stealth and trickery to outwit their opponents. Chan Wai-Man’s portrayal of the cunning and crafty ninja leader adds a layer of intrigue and menace to the martial arts world.
Tien Chi Cheng takes center stage as he teams up with a new master and students, driven by the need to avenge his fallen comrades and former teacher. The third act is a relentless barrage of action as they face off against each ninja group, culminating in a showdown with the formidable leader, played by Chan Wai-Man.
The choreography and action in ‘Five Element Ninjas’ are nothing short of excellent, featuring a captivating use of weapons and showcasing the dramatic acting prowess of Lo Mang, who navigates the treacherous waters of love and betrayal. Brace yourself for a bloody spectacle, with severed body parts and more, making ‘Five Element Ninjas’ a cinematic tour de force that truly stands the test of time.”