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Thread: 3 x Mats Helge + David Carradine DVDs coming in October

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    Kenny Rogers Lucas is awesome in that picture! I think I need to see MAD BUNCH just based on that still. And he's the villain? Shit, that's chocolate and peanut butter right there.
    The same guy pops up in Russian Ninja and Ninja Mission if I remember correctly.
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    Swedish government TV aired a documentary on Mast Helge tonight, titeled: "The director who dissapeared - the story of the ninja mission"

    I will give a Quick summary:
    Mats Helge Olsson got shitty grades in school, and started making films with friends, like a Swedish western shot at a theme park. The film bombed. Yet, he was hired as a producer for the mideval drama "Sverige å Svenskarna" directed and starring Swedens Kalus Kinski. Per Oscarsson. It is to this day the most expensive Movie ever shot in this country. The film bombed horribly, and Mats got sued and ended up in Prison for fraud.

    After his release he by chance meets Swedish ninjitsu Bo F Munthe at the office of film distributor Charles Aperia (The VHS era had hit and cheap action and martial arts were all the rage). They agree to make a film, and for some unexplained reason they get polish actors in the two lead roles, and some polish crew. The poles are faked into Sweden on bullshit screenplays sent to the then communist polish film office, and shooting commences.

    The film bombs at the Swedish box office and Mats is ridiculed in the papers, who have a thing for mocking him ever since his first flop.

    Suddenly, the Ninja Mission gets a theatrical release in the USA and is doing good business. It then opens all around the World and tops VHS charts left and right.

    Mats is still ridiculed, but with his newfound success he starts a mini studio in his hometown with the aim to make a cheap actioner a week. The Revenue from the Ninja Mission still has not arrived when he starts off, but he keeps spritits high and everyone is busy working on several films at a time. No scripts exist, all is in Mats Helges head. They manage to get David Carradine to come over, and unbeknownst to him, his one film acting engagement is spread into 3 films.

    Only a handfull of films are made though, as the Money for the Ninja Mission never arrives. No one knows where it Went or what deals were made. One actor says "The only Money I made of that film is some government payroll guarantee after a bankrupcy, like any worker at any job that bankrupts"

    Mats is forced to shut down his operation, still hunted by the IRS etc for his debts from his earlier failures.

    One coworker says "If he only had gotten the finances to continue, he would have been Swedens Peter Jackson and his studio would be the biggest in the country"

    Mats last public appearance is at the 2000 Swedish film Awards where he is seen in the audience, applauding when his former editor Anders Nilsson (Andrew Nelson in the credits for most films they did together) is winning an Award for best film.

    After that he dissapears and everyone who ever worked with him loses touch with him. It is not known where he lives or what he does, but he is still alive as the filmmakers of this documentary get a call on the phone from him where he declines to be part of their film.
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    Here is a link for the film:

    http://www.svtplay.se/video/1461354/...-ninja-mission

    Finally something Worth seeing on public service.
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    I can't get it to play. Does it have Eng. audio or subs by some small miracle of fate? Because I need this.
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    It has nothing of the kind sadly. Only Swedish audio. I am praying to god for this to get some kind of DVD release or something.
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    I hope you can get the video to play, as despite it being in gibberish to you, they show some old behind the scenes stuff and some of the locations of the ninja mission as they look today. Some old dude have most of the military trucks in a barn, still with bulletholes and painted with the red commie star and Everything....
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    Nope, won't play for me. Dammit. Someone should subtitle it and put it up online if no one puts out a DVD.
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    After the documentary (which apparently everyone saw) the OOP Ninja Mission shitty dodgy DVD is now going for as much as $30-35 online. I would not sell my copy even for $300, as I consider it to be a cherished posession.
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