Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus are not ninjas.

Golan and Globus can't breakdance, rap, salsa, or lambada, either.

These two graying Israelis did, however, have enough expertise on the topics to create and produce seven ninja movies, as well as Breakiní, Rappiní, Salsa, Lambada, and The Forbidden Dance, all in a remarkably productive period between 1980 and 1990.

If bad movies were a religion, Golan and Globus would be its contemporary gods. These two producers arenít quite household names, but for a brief moment in the mid-eighties, it seemed like their entertainment empire would be a major market player for many years to come. 

The Cannon Group, the conglomerate that Golan and Globus ran for a decade, is responsible for some of the most beloved B-films of all time. The films ranged from Charles Bronson cleaning up the streets of Los Angeles in Death Wish 2 to kids doing head spins on cardboard in Breakin'. If there was a cheap buck to be made on an exploitation movie, Golan and Globus made it. 

The Cannon story is filled with dealmaking, colorful personalities, and through it all, Golanís legendary charisma and charm. And the story continues to this day; both are still involved in low-budget movies.

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