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The scene is New York, where bioresearcher Ned Freidman announces a cure for cancer, although there are rumors of strange goings-on-screams are heard from his house, and large crates are transported from there to his laboratory. Modern-day ninja Ryu, along with CIA operative Robert and his team, go to investigate. But Ryu is really the avatar of ancient dragon gods, and this is only another stage in the eternal battle between good and evil.

Based on the video game known in the U.S. as Ninja Gaiden, TNR's action is its biggest selling point. The beginning of the story, a running midnight brawl, is fluid and well depicted, with no dialogue, just the sound of footsteps and blade on blade. The characterization can be strange-if presenting feisty game character Irene as quiet and shy seems a contradiction in terms, making her a CIA operative scared to fire a gun is downright silly. There's an underdeveloped romantic subplot, and Robert gets more emphasis than game stars Ryu and Irene, as well as the video's best line, "Men love three things. We love fighting, we love alcohol, and we love women." V

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Name: Ninja Ryukenden
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1991
Name: 忍者龍剣伝
Romaji: Ninja Ryukenden
Release Date: Nov. 22, 1991
Rating: None
Runtime: 50 (mins)
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Ninja Ryu: The Dragon Sword Story
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