Watched Aug 19, 2012
Severely underrated film from the Wachowskis and their protege, James McTeigue. "Ninja Assassin" is stylishly photographed on a low-budget and filled to the brim with ultra-gory violence, often feeling like an anime come to life. It features enough ninja training flashbacks to last a lifetime, while the presence of 80's icon Sho Kosugi serves as a welcome bonus for anyone who remembers the Golan-Globus era.
In fact, I dare say this movie is more of a tribute to 80's-style action than "The Expendables," what with our well-oiled hero dispatching foes with ease despite grievous flesh wounds and a delirious climax involving a SWAT team attacking a secret ninja lair. Haters be damned, "Ninja Assassin" is one of the most potent guilty pleasures of the past 10 years.