3 Ninjas (film) Three young boys who feel neglected by their FBI-agent father spend their summer learning the ways of the ninja from their grandfather. The old man also teaches them to rely upon themselves and each other. But when an evil arms dealer decides to kidnap the boys to keep their father from thwarting his illegal business deal, the boys dodge their kidnappers and realize that their family ties are just as important as their ninja skills. Released on August 7, 1992. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. A Touchstone Picture. 84 min. Stars Victor Wong (Grandpa), Michael Treanor (Rocky), Max Elliott Slade (Colt), Chad Power (Tum Tum). Filmed on locations in Los Angeles by an American, European, and Far Eastern crew. Released on video in 1993. Two sequels, 3 Ninjas Kick Back and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, were made in 1994 and 1995 by Tri-Star.