American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989) is an American martial arts action film directed by Cedric Sundstrom and starring David Bradley. It is based on a story by Gary Conway. It is a sequel to American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987), and it is the third installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja 4: The Annihilation. The film was shot in South Africa.
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989) was the first in the American Ninja series which did not star Michael Dudikoff as Joe Armstrong who had starred in the first two American Ninja movies as well as in American Ninja 4: The Annihilation.
An expert fighter leads an assault on the island lab of a madman making a virus for terrorists.
A powerful terrorist, known as “The Cobra” (Marjoe Gortner), is doing biological warfare experiments and infects Sean Davidson, the American ninja, with a deadly virus as a human guinea pig. Sean and his partners Curtis Jackson (Steve James) and Dexter (Evan J. Klisser) must fight The Cobra and the Cobra’s army of genetically-engineered ninja clones led by the female ninja Chan Lee (Michele B. Chan) for the antidote.
Michael Dudikoff was originally to reprise his role of Joe Armstrong. He got burnt out on martial arts and also the film was made in South Africa while the apartheid movement was still going on and Dudikoff did not want to be around it.
The film was released on home video on February 24, 1989.