Throughout the 80s there was one man taking the martial arts world by storm bringing the ninja to the forefront and that was Sho Kosugi. During this time his films racked up a cult following that still stands to this day, but sasly those films are harder to find these days. Thankfully Arrow Video is bringing one of these films, namely Pray For Death to Blu-ray for the first time.
Pray for Death follows Akira Saito, a Japanese businessman lives in Tokyo with his Japanese-American wife Aiko and their children, Takeshi and Tomoya. When the family has a chance to move to the United States so that Aiko can teach the children about their American heritage, they pack up and head for Houston, Texas and run a restaurant. But when a band of crooked cops store stolen goods in the back room of the restaurant and unknown to the Saitos family, a priceless necklace, is wanted by a local syndicate. When one of the dirty cops decide to take the necklace for himself, the syndicate goes after the previous owner of the restaurant, then after the Saitos’ which leads Akira to unleash his dark side that not even his family knew about. As with most of these films it is a bit cheesy at times, but that is part of the fun. Kosugi brings a simple calmness to his roles but when he unleashes his ninja fury it can be heard with little words. There is a simple story here that is vintage 80s that just builds everything up as a platform for Kosugi to do his thing. Much like most of his film both of his real life kids Shane and Kane Kosugi make appearances with Kane getting to steal the show a few times. As someone that grew up in the 80s Kane’s awesome martial arts skills and ninja bicycle are things that drew the younger audiences to this classic martial arts films. Kosugi brought something to the martial arts genre that has never been matched. The action was never highly stylized of flashy with the exception of the acro, but it still somehow managed to be awesome to watch all the same.
Seeing the Kosugi clan unleash their martial arts fury is always enough of a reason to watch their films, but add his awesome helmet to his ninja uniform and you have one of the most memorable ninja looks of all time. This film is one in a long line of iconic martial arts films of the time and thanks to Arrow Video fans can finally out this film in their collection where it belongs. Step out of the shadows and grab your copy of Pray for Death on Blu-ray on February 16th from Arrow Video.
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