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Fear not the weapon, but the hand that wields it.
Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.
Does what it says on the shuriken.
When I first watched this I absolutely hated it. Goofy over the top action, terrible dialogues, way too dark scenery that made it hard to see what's happening and way too much CGI blood fountains. Somehow down the line the world changed to this movie's favour: First I got myself a big screen HD TV and a BluRay player, so I'm perfectly able to see what is going on and second I have seen so many movies with terrible CGI blood that this actually looks kinda amazing. Almost brilliant.
It's a completely over the top Ninja movie that is unapologetically and unnecessarily violent, has the look of a Wachowski movie, takes place in Berlin and features Sho Kosugi…
Figuring this was a no budget Eastern export I was pleasantly surprised with the pedigree of names and faces involved in this relatively entertaining CGI shit fest. The 300 aesthetic didn't work and much of the choreography is uninspired but the finale was super impressive, the lead was fine and Sho puts in a imposing turn.
I obviously prefer my ninja victims to be squibbed-up and prosthetically sliced but that's like lamenting over the death of Blockbuster Video. That's not to say I didn't appreciate the constant and copious bloodletting, limb dicing and throwing star stabby action.
I've also got an uneasy feeling I will end up re-watching this movie and be singing its praises before long. Like everyone else, I just love Ninja's.
If you hate this movie then you are a cold and evil bastard who should go back to making out with your Wes Anderson bluray collection.
A silly plot, yes, but tremendous amounts of comicbook violence (every person dying looks like he has a balloon full of blood strapped to his body), cool fightscenes and Sho Kosugi. Yeah, Sho! Entertaining as hell.
The Wachowski siblings produced and James McTeigue directed Ninja Assassin is probably the closest we will ever get to seeing a movie adaption of the Ninja Gaiden games.
The South Korean popstar and actor Rain stars as Raizo, a rogue Ninja who fights against the members of his old clan who serve as secret assassins for governments and anyone with enough gold.
And Raizo slices his way through dozens upon dozens of foes here. With frequent usage of swords, kicks, punches or his favourite weapon, a kusari-fundo knife, Ninja Assassin becomes one over the top gore-fest.
A lot of the gore, be it blood or flying limbs, is CGI but thanks to the slick, stylised look that works surprisingly well.…
i feel i largely underrated this upon release. it scans now much less like a Golan-Globus homage (and not an entirely successful one) than manga-inspired, closer to something like Baby Cart. and while i generally deplore the use of CGI blood, it's deployed pretty advantageously here. first, there's a shitload of it, everywhere, which i'm in favor of no matter how it's achieved. second, and more importantly, ninja business is best done in the dark, an element most ninja movies tend to have a tough time capturing, and the digital blood here allows a much more graphic approach to framing and cutting the shadow/nighttime stuff, almost like McTeigue is using its plastic brightness to direct your eye. it's pretty lovely.
still, of the "modern" stuff this is not as good as Florentine's NINJA or my personal favorite, the Christopher Lambert vehicle THE HUNTED.
Another one for the CGI blood-aficionados.
Wie sie übertreiben mit dem Blut!!!!!!!!
I like :)
The best thing about this movie is the song I made up.
He's a ninja assassin!
In the rain or made of Rain!
So much pain, it causes so much pain!
Coming soon to Spotify.
Sho Kosugi as evil old ninja master = huge win.
Ninjas as monster in gory monster movie = fun approach.
Old school Cannon Films vibe = appreciated.
CGI blood and awful looking Blu-ray = unappreciated.
Fun, bloody romp. Visual aesthetic is great, and it's paced like nobody's business.
this ninja gets sliced up like a pizza pie
Had to glance down at my hands to see if I was playing a videogame.
Wow there sure is a lot of fake blood in this movie.
Also throwing stars.
Also stomach abuse.
Also black sand.
Also some kick-ass fight choreography.
Also half-naked Rain.
Also Rick Yune saying "Little Brother"
Also Sho Kosugi being a disappointed dad.
Anyway, if you don't mind spoilers, the editing room says it best
I can't decide if it is so bad that it's good or just straight up bad. A couple decent fights but mostly laughable.
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