Black Eagle (1988)

Sho Kosugi was a big deal when I was growing up in the 1980’s. His movies like 9 Deaths of the NinjaPray for DeathEnter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and Ninja 3: The Domination — and his role as Okasa on the TV series The Master — made him the ninja movie actor. In Black Eagle, he plays Ken Tani, a special government agent who just wants to spend more time with his kids. However, standing in his way is a villainous Jean-Claude Van Damme, not yet ready to embrace superstardom.

Codenamed Black Eagle,  Ken is needed when a jet carrying a laser tracking device is shot down over the Isle of Malta by Russian forces. Soon, Colonel Vladimir Klimenko and his men are all over the place looking for the device. His key man is Andrei (Van Damme), who goes up against Black Eagle, CIA agent Patricia Parker and Black Eagle’s kids Brian and Denny (Kosugi’s real-life kids Kane and Shane).

Director Eric Karson was also behind the Chuck Norris movie The Octagon and produced Lionheart, another Van Damme film. The story kind of crawls in the beginning, but the fights between the two main characters is pretty much worth your time. That said, you also get to see Van Damme doing a split while throwing knives, which is always fun.

There’s also a Catholic priest who went into the faith to avoid a life in the CIA. So there’s that, I guess.

You can watch Black Eagle for free on Tubi.

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