“The Karate Kid was popular.. Home Alone was popular.. what if we cashed-in with karate-chopping kids versus bumbling criminals?”
Thus went the ideas-meeting for ’3 Ninjas’, a revolution in cinematic excellence was underway.
The 1992 film was ‘AWESOME!’ at the time, but no doubt it would be f***kin torturous to sit-through today.
It follows three kids from California who visit their Japanese grandad/Mr Miyagi substitute during the summer and do a spot of Karate training. (Hang on, is he an adopted grandad or something? There’s no trace of Japanese in those boys).
Anyway grandad bestows them with ‘ninja’ names – Samuel becomes ‘Rocky’, Jeffrey becomes ‘Colt’ and Michael becomes ‘Tum Tum’. To be honest, ‘Nigel’ would sound more authentically ninja.
Via implausible plot manoeuvres a baddie decides to kidnap the boys just to get back at their FBI dad. This results in much ‘ass-kicking’, 90′s catchphrases and adult humiliation.
Sensing a hit, the studio shot a sequel the same year – but oddly enough ’3 Ninjas Knuckle Up’ wasn’t released until 3 years later, by which time a different sequel was released with two of the cast-members replaced. So basically the three lads appear in the first and third film, but not the second. Got it? Great.
This is Herbert Chavez from the Philippines who has had around 17 surgeries to make himself look more like Superman – they include chin implants, lip injections, skin pigment orientation, four nose jobs, three tummy tucks, and more.