Hello Mr. Firstenberg. Thank you very much for agreeing to answer these simple questions about your pivotal and groundbreaking American Ninja movies. First of all, big congrats for your astonishing film-making career, quite a big achievement! Now, let’s talk about Joe Armstrong and his fictional universe…
In the scene of the explosion the little Joe Armstrong is about 10 years old and in the montage of him being trained by Shinyuki he is about 12 or 13.
Joe’s biological parents were stationed in the Philippines as diplomats.
For some reason the boy that played young Joe’s name does not appear in the IMDB list, I just remember that he was a local boy actor in Manila of Western descent.
You can set up the timeline any way you see it but make Joe at least 21-22 years young because here in America to be 24 and still in military service is too old.
Q: AN1. Is Joe T. Armstrong supposed to be a name they gave him when they retrieved him?
The name American Warrior instead of American Ninja appears first in France and later in Italy. Maybe the local distributors did not believe that their audiences know what a “Ninja” is and therefore change the name to insure box office success. In any case in France for two weeks the movie was at the top of the list.
Q: The final fight of AN1 is iconic and thrilling, just a marvellous set-piece. Why in AN2 are Joe’s screentime as American Ninja and his final duels somewhat shorter?
In all the sequels later on, Joe is in a mission to resolve an unjust problem and right the wrong, he is aware of his abilities and therefore more determined and focused.