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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…
Let's see this one is extremely gory....is fast paced.....has some impressive action scenes....and has 100s of deadly ninjas....what more could you want from a movie? Well how about a story that is slightly more believable?
In this one.....our hero (Rain) is a young ninja that turns his back on the ninja clan that raised him. Rain turns out to be the baddest ninja out there....as he protects Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean movies) who has been targeted for assassination by his old clan. Movie is pretty much action from start to finish....most is pretty impressive....just be prepared for lots and lots of blood and flying body parts.
Final thought. Although this is nowhere near a great movie....it is never boring and action fans will really enjoy. Probably not a good date night movie though.
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.…
how much blood could there possibly be in the human body
Sadly the closest thing to a legit Hollywood Ninja movie.
SCRIPT: much to like. A neat flashback structure of the main character's training and disillusionment by his clan. A good enough action plot about Europol discovery of an assassin clan employed by the highest levels of government. A female lead with some actual agency.
DIRECTION: While some of the movie seems a little personality less, the depiction of the ninjas has some cool stuff. The way they are seen as shadows or preceded by whispers. Some creative action set pieces with some cool beats and changing environments. The way the ninjas are seen as an unstoppable force is great. The use of CGI blood is actually super not great and…
This makes a hell of a first impression, at first dismissing the (then dormant) ninja genre as kids' stuff and then slashing it all apart in a frenzied display of gore - with some obvious CGI assists, but they're certainly splashing a lot of the red stuff around.
Between all that blood, storms of shirukens, and its star whipping around that blade on a chain that was definitely the most fun weapon in Ninja Gaiden II, I found myself cackling with delight during pretty much all the action sequences here.
Plot is not its strong suit. I don't know if I've ever seen any other movie that takes a time out from its present-day action to give us a flashback…
Over the top gore fest of a ninja film!
If you want matrix style fight scenes without the sci fi plot watch this
Great Saturday night movie
A hyper-violent love letter to all things ninja, like blending with shadows, throwing shurikens, ninja swords, spewing more blood than the human body could possibly contain, and dying particularly violent deaths. Korean pop star Rain is Raizo, a ninja hunted by his own clan, the Ozunu. He has been hiding out in Berlin, trying to blend in while working against the Ozunu, and Lord Ozunu (Sho Kosugi) and the rest of the clan don't take kindly to that. Meanwhile, two Europol agents (played by Naomie Harris and Coupling's Ben Miles) stumble upon the existence of the ninja clans (of which there are several), and find their paths inexorably crossing with Raizo's, as he battles ninja across Berlin. What follows is…
1. A movie called Ninja Assassin shouldn't try so hard. The first scene shows such promise that this will be a fun, bloody, cheesy movie about Ninjas who cut people to pieces. Unfortunately, it instead comes off as a Kill Bill ripoff with characters we don't care even a little bit about.
2. Naomie Harris is cute but every time she's on screen the ninjas aren't. You can pretty much turn this movie on halfway through with the knowledge that she's got a hit out on her for investigating ninjas.
3. There's some cool fight scenes, but a lot of the time I found the effects cheap, like darting the camera around the room with whoosh sound effects.
Not bad for a thin-plotted blood bath.
Just another ninja assassin film with ketchup on top.
There was nothing more satisfying in this movie than watching Europol and the Japanese equivalent of the National Guard gun down a ninja village.
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