"Don't you just hate us?" taunts one pint-sized hero of this kiddie kung-fu pic during a tussle with bad guys. Lines like that should have been avoided at all costs, since you don't have to be aligned with the forces of evil to despise this infantile, obnoxious sequel to 1992's
surprisingly enjoyable 3 NINJAS.
In the footsteps of the Karate Kid, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and any other martial-arts franchise that runs low on ideas, this followup sends its title characters to Japan. The eponymous trio's mentor and grandfather (Victor Wong) won a ceremonial sword there at a "ninja tournament" in
the old days, and has been invited to return it for present...