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** Pierre Kirby only did nine movies with Ho before disappearing in 1988. Since no one knew what became of him, rumors sprouted that he was thrown overboard by pirates in 1990 while sailing to the Philippines. This was sadly confirmed 20 years later by Pierre's sister after discovering his filmography and cult following online.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Some believe this to be a reason why most of these films are public domain, since they were re-edits to already existing movies acquired by Ho. Not helping matters was their soundtracks making liberal use of songs from other artists and properties without the permission of their respective owners. It's likely these licensing difficulties led IFD Films to simply not bother with maintaining their film's copyrights after they went under.

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** Pierre Kirby only did nine movies with Ho before disappearing in 1988. Since no one knew what became of him, rumors sprouted that he was thrown overboard by pirates in 1990 while sailing to the Philippines. This was sadly confirmed 20 years later by Pierre's sister after discovering his filmography and cult following online.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Some believe this to be a reason why most of these films are public domain, since they were re-edits to already existing movies acquired by Ho. Not helping matters was their soundtracks making liberal use of songs from other artists and properties without the permission of their respective owners. It's likely these licensing difficulties led IFD Films to simply not bother with maintaining their film's copyrights after they went under.
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* AmateurCast: Not a single actor involved in these movies had any prior acting experience aside from Richard Harrison. Pierre Kirby was a Yacht salesman whose appearance and martial arts skills were what Ho was looking for in a new star, while the actors he brought in for dubbing were usually random people who happened to speak English and Mandarin.
* CastTheExpert:
** Godfrey Ho has said that Pierre Kirby's strong physique and martial arts experience were the reasons he casted him into his movies.
** The hiring process for dub actors was strictly based on whether or not they could speak English and Mandarin.
* ColbertBump: The cult status these films obtained can largely be credited to Brad Jones reviewing some of them on WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob during the late 2000s.
* CreatorsOddball:
** Not only were ''Honor and Glory'' and ''Undefeatable'' among the few mainstream films Ho directed, they also omit his cut and paste methods by being comprised entirely of original footage shot by him.
** Rather than finish his career with another action or ninja movie, Ho chose to completely abandons these elements by having his final directing credit be the children's animated feature ''Animation/AliBabaAndTheGoldRaiders''.
* DirectToVideo: These films were specifically made for the home video markets in English territories to cash in on the then ninja craze.


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* ReclusiveArtist:
** Ho's longtime producer Joseph Lai has been quiet in the industry since IFD Films' demise in 2001. He has no social media presence and the most anyone's heard from him was an [[https://www.forcesofgeek.com/2013/03/the-man-from-hong-kong-chats-wi.html interview]] he did with Forces of Geek in 2013.
** Pierre Kirby only did nine movies with Ho before disappearing in 1988. Since no one knew what became of him, rumors sprouted that he was thrown overboard by pirates in 1990 while sailing to the Philippines. This was sadly confirmed 20 years later by Pierre's sister after discovering his filmography and cult following online.


* RealLifeRelative: Harry/Gordon's wife in ''Ninja Terminator'' and ''Diamond Ninja Force'' was played by Richard Harrison's real-life wife Maria Francesca.

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* RealLifeRelative: Harry/Gordon's wife in ''Ninja Terminator'' and ''Diamond Ninja Force'' was played by Richard Harrison's real-life wife Maria Francesca.Francesca.
* ScrewedByTheLawyers: Some believe this to be a reason why most of these films are public domain, since they were re-edits to already existing movies acquired by Ho. Not helping matters was their soundtracks making liberal use of songs from other artists and properties without the permission of their respective owners. It's likely these licensing difficulties led IFD Films to simply not bother with maintaining their film's copyrights after they went under.


* MissingEpisode: Because of the sheer volume of Ho's filmography and their easiness to find online, the original cuts of the movies used to make his are either unknown or incredibly hard to come by.
* NoBudget: Ho could produce three movies for the price of one by filming his ninja scenes back to back and padding them with stock footage from other movies he got for cheap. Often he'd take it a step further by bootlegging his stock material to avoid payments and use store bought props and costumes for his original footage.[[note]]This explains why you'd here music from Music/ZZTop and Music/PinkFloyd in some of his movies, or why toy robots and a garfield phone are used in ''Golden Ninja Warrior''.[[/note]]

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* MissingEpisode: Because of the sheer volume of Ho's filmography and their easiness to find online, the original cuts of to the movies he used to make his are either unknown or incredibly hard to come by.
by. In some cases the actual name of the film itself is a complete mystery.
* NoBudget: Ho could produce three movies for the price of one by filming his ninja scenes back to back and padding them with stock footage from other movies he got for cheap. Often he'd take it a step further by bootlegging his stock material materials to avoid payments and use store bought props and costumes for his original footage.[[note]]This explains why you'd here music from Music/ZZTop and Music/PinkFloyd in some of his movies, or why toy robots and a garfield phone are used in ''Golden Ninja Warrior''.[[/note]]


* NoBudget: One of the more infamous examples of this. Ho was able to make several Z-movies for the price of one by filling the run times with ninja footage from other films, some of which were his. He also took it a step further by using copyrighted materials (such as music or an actor's likeness) without permission to avoid paying royalties to rights holders.

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* MissingEpisode: Because of the sheer volume of Ho's filmography and their easiness to find online, the original cuts of the movies used to make his are either unknown or incredibly hard to come by.
* NoBudget: One of the more infamous examples of this. Ho was able to make several Z-movies could produce three movies for the price of one by filling the run times with filming his ninja scenes back to back and padding them with stock footage from other films, some of which were his. He also took movies he got for cheap. Often he'd take it a step further by using copyrighted materials (such as music or an actor's likeness) without permission bootlegging his stock material to avoid paying royalties payments and use store bought props and costumes for his original footage.[[note]]This explains why you'd here music from Music/ZZTop and Music/PinkFloyd in some of his movies, or why toy robots and a garfield phone are used in ''Golden Ninja Warrior''.[[/note]]
** This was also a factor in his casting decisions for each movie. While he would occasionally hire professional actors like Richard Harrison
to rights holders.star in his films, Ho would usually cut corners by casting anyone from off the street who happened to be bilingual in Mandarin and English.

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* NoBudget: One of the more infamous examples of this. Ho was able to make several Z-movies for the price of one by filling the run times with ninja footage from other films, some of which were his. He also took it a step further by using copyrighted materials (such as music or an actor's likeness) without permission to avoid paying royalties to rights holders.


* HeyItsThatGuy: A motor operated [[TransformersGenerationOne Omega Supreme]] bootleg acts as a messenger in Ninja Terminator.

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* RealLifeRelative: Harry/Gordon's wife in ''Ninja Terminator'' and ''Diamond Ninja Force'' was played by Richard Harrison's real-life wife Maria Francesca.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: A motor operated [[TransformersGenerationOne Omega Supreme]] bootleg acts as a messenger in Ninja Terminator.

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