Firstenberg took time out to answer some of my questions. I invite you to read
Sam Firstenberg , was born on 13 March
1950 in Walbrzych. His parents were Jews who lived in Poland. Youthful years
spent in Israel. Then he went to the United States , where he graduated from
Loyola Marymount University. Sam Firstenberg became famous for directing films
including "American Ninja” ( 1985) , "Avenging Force " ( 1986)
and " Delta Force 3" ( 1991).
I check on Imdb list with your films. In 2003 you directed your last film.
Why you decide to stop filming?
did not decided to stop
directing but the type of films I was directing, medium budget action movies,
disappeared from the Hollywood scene at the end of the 90th. The new
action movies are all mega budget studio productions or very low budget small
independent productions. I was never part of the first kind of major studio
scene and I don’t want to be a part of the second kind of poorly looking action
movies. As a matter of fact I am trying to distance myself from the action
genre and go into drama now.
You made lot of films. What is your favorite film?
the action group I like
Avenging Force the best but at the same time I like the dance movie I directed
Breaking 2 Electric Boogaloo. Another movie I am proud of is Riverbend that
deals with racial conflict in Alabama in the 60th but never got a
You directing few films about ninjas for example: American Ninja. Do you
like of ninjitsu or other martial arts?
am not a martial art
enthusiast and not too knowledgeable in that field, maybe it was a good thing
when I directed the Ninja movies to view it just like another form of action
element in a Hollywood action film.
In your films we can see Michael Dudikoff. Why he stop his carrier? Maybe
Dudikoff made many
movies in his Carrier so far and hopefully will make many more. The way actors’
carriers are shaped in Hollywood is very unpredictable and influenced by
various factors that are not always rational.
I read your biography in Internet. You were born in Poland. Sometimes do you
watch polish films? Maybe you have favorite polish actors?
understanding and ability
to speak Polish is very poor only basic few words. I was born in Wałbrzych
and immigrated out of Poland at a very
young age but when you don’t use a language you lose it, that exactly what
happened to my. I can only understand a Polish movie nowadays with English
subtitles. Last Polish film I saw was Ida that was a big success here in the US.
In Poland your film American Ninja was very popular. Do you know about it?
is very interesting but
the movie American Ninja is popular almost all over the world except in Japan,
the audience there did not like it. It is nice to learn that also in Poland in
is popular. Hopefully one day a film festival in Poland will decide to show
retrospective of some of the movies I directed and I will be able to come to
answer the audience questions and talk about my experience in the Hollywood
What are you doing now? Maybe you prepare new film?
I am working on
several ideas that hopefully mature one day into some interesting movies.