Sho Kosugi (9 Deaths of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination), the most popular face of the 1980s “ninja craze,” has revealed to Arrow Video that he’s writing an English-language biography followed by a “big budget” martial arts movie.
The movie was supposed to be Kosugi’s third collaboration with director Gordon Hessler (Pray for Death), but due to Hessler’s passing in 2014, the project was put on hold.
“We put together a screenplay, but I can’t tell you too much about it. But, it’s big studio, big budget. It’s very interesting. But unfortunately, he [Hessler] passed away a couple of years ago. But in memory of our relationship, I’ll definitely make this big budget movie,” said Kosugi.
Kosugi then explained that the movie will feature practical action with no computer generated special effects: “Nowadays, everything is CG. That’s why my next movie – with my son and myself – will be very good. The main fighting sequence won’t have CG at all. Great fighting sequence. We can show my skill and my son’s skill.”
He continued, “This original screenplay I wrote with Gordon Hessler about 10 years ago. And from there – I scratch here and there – putting it together. And finally, at the end of this year, the book is coming out. We’re going to shoot in Japan, and in Los Angeles, California. I am the main guy and my son. Not Kane. My second boy, Shane. He’ll be the lead. And I’ll be director, producer, actor, choreographer and writer.”
As children, both Kane (Ninja Warrior, Tekken 2) and Shane Kosugi (Kage, Ninja Warrior) appeared in most of Kosugi’s 1980s output, including Revenge of the Ninja, 9 Deaths of the Ninja, Pray for Death and Black Eagle.
We’ll keep you updated on Kosugi’s upcoming book and movie as we hear more. Until then, be sure to catch Parts I and II of Kosugi’s full interview (cleverly titled Sho and Tell) in Arrow Video’s Blu-ray release for Pray for Death and Rage of Honor, which hits on March 15th – both are available at Amazon.com.