So we’ve had AVP: Alien vs Predator (not to mention Aliens vs Predator), AVH: Alien vs Hunter (hint: that’s the Asylum one), GVA: Yûrei vs. uchûjin 03 (that’s Ghost vs Alien), ZCVAT: Zombie Cop vs. the Alien Terror (no, really…), MVA: Monsters vs Aliens, and AVEB: Aliens vs Elizabeth Bennett (okay, I made that last one up!). But what could possibly be cooler than pitting a Japanese style reptilian alien against ninjas?
That’s right, it’s AVN: Alien vs Ninja (Japan-2010; dir. Seiji Chiba).
Once upon a time in Japan, where a band of great Ninja warriors was led by Yamata called Iga Ninja. One day they witness a flash in the sky and a roaring giant ball of fire crashes into the distant forest. The warriors rush into the deep woods in an attempt to identify the mysterious fireball. There, instead of finding predictable enemies, they are stunned to face never-seen-before creatures with claws and fangs, the aliens!
The hungry brutal aliens start to savage and feast on the Ninja warriors, leaving only a few to survive. Yamata and his warriors swear to avenge their comrades’ deaths and risk their lives to challenge the aliens. However, none of the Ninja weapons, neither their swords nor their throwing stars, has any affect on the alien warriors. Now the Japanese greatest Iga Ninja face the biggest challenge ever! (Publicity brochure)
As intriguing as that is, it’s also rather interesting that Alien vs Ninja is the first film from Sushi Typhoon, a new film production offshoot from Nikkatsu. Seems they may have some very interesting genre goodies planned for us. Check out this publicity sheet and take note of the names involved: