I was afraid that this would be another Disney blunder, with some peaceful Ninja warriors that are supposed to teach kids about honor and doing your choirs. Oh boy, how I was wrong. This beautiful blood-fest, this blood-squirting, limb-cutting movie was really awesome. It reminds me of the Machete (without the cocky attitude). Good looking women, very flexible Ninja warriors, and a lot of action are the key ingredients of this movie. Ninja Assassin stars South Korean pop musician Rain who had no experience in martial arts before the filming. He worked extensively with experts and proved that with enough effort you can do almost anything. To make things even more interesting, casting-wise, they hired legendary Sho Kosugi, star of so many cult classics from the eighties: Ninja III, Nine Deaths of the Ninja, Pray for Death…

The story is in the background and I did not try to follow its shallow path, when you see the word Ninja in the title, it says something (much like when you see: starring Steven Seagal). Raizo has been training martial arts ever since he was a little boy. Ozuno clan, who has trained him has now turned into something different, something deadly. Raizo must join forces with Europol investigator Mika and resolve this. Ninja Assassin will make you clean dust of your stored shurikens and Katana swords, to once more wreck the house. Enjoy…

Director: James McTeigue

Cast: Sung Kang, Randall Duk Kim, Yuki Iwamoto, Naomie Harris, Rain, Stephen Marcus

Fun Stuff: Producers Lilly Wachowski and Lana Wachowski hired J. Michael Straczynski to completely rewrite the script six weeks before filming started, as they weren’t satisfied with Matthew Sand’s original work. Straczynski finished the rewrite in 53 hours, and was studio-approved and sent to actors the same week.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1186367/

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