French director Benjamin Combes managed to get Commando Ninja crowdfunded back in 2016 over on Kickstarter for €31,953. The movie is a classic throwback to old-school bad-action films that helped shape American masculinity in the 1980s.
We no longer get awesome action heroes these days because the media is completely converged by Social Justice Warriors, who have made it a goal to censor hot ladies that appeal to straight men, removing protagonists that represent “toxic masculinity”, and basically dumbing down the content and action so that it can appeal to teeny-boppers in the PG-13 category.
Long story short, Hollywood is pozzed and your shot glass of Jack Daniels has been replaced with a gallon Soylent.
Don’t worry, though, Benjamin Combes knows your plight, and he has a fix in the form of Commando Ninja.
This is a real film for real fans of action movies. It contains big boobs, big muscles, big guns, and big explosions; everything that action fans loved from movies made back during the era of excess.
The movie isn’t a completely straight-laced, straight-faced action flick, though. Combes understands his audience and the limitations of his own budget, so the film is more of a parody with some traditional action-movie elements, rather than trying to be stone serious take on the genre.
As you can see in the trailer, the film takes inspiration from Mad Max, Predator, Rambo, Ninja Domination and obviously Commando.
The film is a passion project paying homage to the B-movie sector that was dominated by legendary names like Chuck Norris, Michael Dudikoff, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Sho Kusugi.
Combes utilized Guerrilla-style filming on the down-low in the south of France, starring bodybuilder Eric Carlesi, much like how action heroes were picked back during the 1970s and 1980s.
The 70 minute film follows the commando John Hunter from the 1960s Vietnam, up through the 1980s where he attempts to save his kidnapped daughter, all the way to the post-apocalyptic future of 1998.
Commando Ninja sports a score by Thomas Cappeau, who helped with a ton of bad-action movies back in the 1980s. You can look for Commando Ninja to finally make its debut on YouTube starting December 21st.