COMMANDO NINJA is an 80's action comedy, tribute to the Action Hero Movies, written and directed by Benjamin Combes.
The story follows a Vietnam Green Beret Vet, Half Commando, Half Ninja, whose daughter has been abducted by a secret Ninja Organization, led by a Central-American dictator, who wants to create a new-world order... through time...
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When I started this project over a year and a half ago, I was driven by a strong love for the 80s (This is David Sandbergs line but I can't say better).
I watched again all Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren movies; wrote my script, took $5000 of my own money and just started shooting whenever my friends and I had time!
We have now enough material to create a 45 minute long film!
Commando Ninja takes place in a variety of exotic locations:
1980s Los Angeles, Canada mountains, Vietnam War, Central-America, Post-Apocalypse...
Everything was shot on real sets, with practical VFX, as they did in the 80's! There is absolutely no way we shoot something on a green screen!
The original soundtrack has been composed by a great music composer, Thomas Cappeau, and is by itself a love letter to the 80's action movie soundtracks :
Other famous artists from the 80's revival wave joined the project, among them :
John is a former Green Beret and Vietnam Veteran. He learnt Ninjitsu from his Vietcong Jail Keeper when he was a POW. After years of detention, dumped by his wife, forgot by America, he lost faith and lives now Alone in the deep Mountains of Canada.
"Walking in is the easy part ! it’s walking out without your dick in a sling that’s rough..."
Hopkins joined the army at 16. He is a funny guy from Texas, A little redneck, a lot racist, but deep down it's a good guy you can count on! (if you are not too tanned)
He lost his arm, severed by a Ninja during Vietnam, and has now a cybernetic hand. He is one of the few who survived communist velociraptors and became an Air Force Colonel.
" Do you know why Americans have no hemorrhoids? That's because all assholes are in Canada! "
Son of a former Nazi SS Officer, raised by the Soviet Union, KGB operator, USSR military advisor for the North Vietnamese Army...
He went back after war in his home country, the Val Verde, in Central America, with one desire : Rule this country, build a Ninja army and create a New World Order, through time...
" Surprises... I Love Surprises... "
Jenny is a normal teenager, playing video games, riding his bmx bike, chillin out with friends, going to school...
Except that she was raised by a Ninja Father and knows Martial Arts and Guerilla Warfare so well she could wipe out an entire Navy Seals Unit with a stick and some roll tape.
She lives in Los Angeles with her mother.
"Kill everyone of those god damn bastards Dad!"
Classical Ex-Vet Wife, cheated on her husband who was dying in the mud to serve his country with one of those hairy hippies walking for peace and treating war heroes of murderers.
She now lives on John alimonies in Los Angeles with Jenny, their daughter.
" Jenny! stop those stupid video-games and go play outside! "
Missing in Action during Vietnam War, he was one of the 4 members of John's Green Berets Search & Destroy Unit. From Polish origins, joined the corps at 18, know in vietnam as the most famouse "Lizard Smoker", specialized at dinosaurs counter-guerilla warfare.
"Come on you bunch of Filthy Swingers Commies llizards jerks"
I'm a French director based in Montpellier, working since 8 years for the video games industry where I had the chance to produce trailers for famous brands like Assassin Creed, Tom Clancy or more recently Mario.
I started film making with fan films like MINECRAFT DAY ONE (4M views), HALF-LIFE: FOXTROT UNIFORM or ALIEN ISOLATION, all Produced without any budget.MY YOU TUBE CHANNEL
But for 80's lover, please watch my Jean-Claude Van Damme Kill Count!
The shooting of the movie is almost done, but we are running out of money: We need to shoot 2 more expensive scenes, then of course pay for the post production of the movie.
Money will go to Sound Design, Music, Poster and Cover arts, Fight Choregraphy, Dubbing, 80's Stock Footage, location rental... And of course the money will help to produce your awesome rewards!
If we get more than we expected, here is an example of Stretch Goals :
€20 000: Stickers and printed Arts
€25 000: Original Sountrack
€40 000: An Animated Cartoon Scene
€50 000: Action Figures
€50 000 ++ : Commando Ninja: The Video Game!!
We're open to all the help we can get, so if you feel like you can contribute to this movie in any way, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently teaming up with a qualified partner to print and handle the reward products. Here is a very work in progress example of the rewards you could own ! Poster, VHS, Bluray, and Exclusive Tee Shirt!
Definitive rewards will be updated during the campaign as they are currently in production.
If this kickstarter campain is successful, we will release this 45 minutes film online, for free. We want everybody to be able to watch and enjoy this film. And if we were to exceed our kickstarter goal we will be able to create the sequel as a video game!
Thanks for reading!
Risks and challenges
COMMANDO NINJA is a very ambitious project. The good news is that we've already shot and edited most of the film!
There's so many man-hours that has went into creating this, that it is just not an option to give up at this point.
We can only hope that you feel as excited about this project as we do and join us to create this love letter to the 80's Action Movies!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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