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10 Things You Didn't Know About '3 Ninjas'

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If you were one of the many kids obsessed with martial arts in the 90s, chances are you loved 3 Ninjas. It was like the fighting of Ninja Turtles combined with The Karate Kid, and we all wanted to be ninjas after watching it! Here's a few things you probably didn't know about the movie!

The original cut was a lot more violent

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Disney cut out violent scenes for the North American release, and also added in cartoon sound effects for the punches and kicks etc.

The more violent version is actually available outside the US

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The international edition has most of the violent scenes added back in, but it's never been released in North America

Max Elliot Slade (Colt)'s trainer is in the movie

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He's the ninja with a painted face on the boat!

Hammer was played by a crew member

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He was the second assistant camera operator on the movie, and continues to work behind the camera on movies to this day!

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None of the original 3 Ninjas are acting anymore

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Slade has a degree in anthropology from the University of Southern California and currently teaches yoga, Michael Treanor (Rocky) works in financial services in Washington D.C. and still practices karate, and Chad Power (Tum Tum) is an assistant high school football coach in his hometown.

There were actually 4 3 Ninjas movies!

The last one came out in 1998!

Victor Wong was the only actor to appear in all 4


The last one, 3 Ninjas: High Noon At Mega Mountain, was his last film

The second movie was the childhood favorite of a dictator!

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Kim Jong Un, now the dictator of North Korea, was apparently so enamored with it as a kid that his father, Kim Jong Il, commissioned a remake with Korean actors.

An amusement park was completely remodeled for the last movie

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Elitch Gardens had all of its signs and ride names were changed

The directors of the movies went on to some much bigger childhood favorites


John Turtletaub, who directed the first, made the National Treasure movies with Nicolas Cage, while Sean MacNamara, who directed the last, directed several episodes of both Even Stevens and That's So Raven!

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