Ninja Assassin

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Overview

V for Vendetta director James McTeigue re-teams with that film's producers Larry and Andy Wachowski for this action-packed tale of a skilled assassin who was trained by a mythical secret society, and patiently awaits the day he will avenge the death of his best friend. Swept off the streets as a young boy, Raizo Korean pop star Rain is transformed into an unstoppable killing machine by a secret society known as the Ozunu Clan. The Ozunu Clan is so proficient at keeping their existence a secret that most people ...
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Overview

V for Vendetta director James McTeigue re-teams with that film's producers Larry and Andy Wachowski for this action-packed tale of a skilled assassin who was trained by a mythical secret society, and patiently awaits the day he will avenge the death of his best friend. Swept off the streets as a young boy, Raizo Korean pop star Rain is transformed into an unstoppable killing machine by a secret society known as the Ozunu Clan. The Ozunu Clan is so proficient at keeping their existence a secret that most people think they are only a myth, but the moment Ozuno assassins kill Raizo's friend, their days in the shadows are numbered. In the aftermath of that killing, Raizo stages a daring escape, subsequently biding his time until the day he can take the entire Ozunu Clan down. Later, in Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti Naomie Harris discovers a money trail connecting multiple political murders to a mysterious network of elusive assassins from the Far East. While her superior Ryan Maslow Ben Miles orders Mika to back down and stop asking questions, she stealthily begins searching through classified agency files on a relentless mission to discover the truth about the murders. Singled out as a target as a direct result of her investigation, Mika is marked for death by lethal Ozunu assassin Takeshi Rick Yune. Just as Mika is about to be silenced forever, Raizo saves her from certain death. But Raizo knows that Takeshi and the rest of the Ozuno Clan won't stop until he and Mika are both dead. Now, as Raizo and Mika are hunted through the winding streets of Europe, their only hope for survival is to trust one another and stay alive long enough to bring the Ozunu empire crumbling to the ground.
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Special Features

The myth and legend of ninjas; The extreme sport of a ninja; Training rain; Additional scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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Ninja Assassin isn't the kind of movie that you compare to other movies. You compare it to a 2-lb. bacon sandwich with a bomb inside. You compare it to a magical gas-powered modified AK-47 that shoots live bears that are also on fire. And, okay, if you really want, you can compare it to B-level kung fu fare, or to other stuff that's been inspired by those movies, like Kill Bill. No, Ninja Assassin isn't exactly a Tarantino-level masterpiece, but it's still a rollicking good time for anybody interested in gratuitous fight sequences, the gratuitous severing of limbs, and the resulting gratuitous geysers of blood. And, honestly, who goes into a movie called Ninja Assassin expecting anything else? The story centers on Raizo played by impossibly pretty Korean pop star Rain, a defector from a brutal Spartan-esque school of ninja badassery, where he trained to be an assassin from childhood. It would seem that, after mastering the skills to fight an adversary blindfolded, will his body to heal its own wounds, and take down multiple attackers with what looks like a knife on the end of a wallet chain, Raizo realized that the sensei who ran his school was just using him for his own evil ends -- namely, profit. Meanwhile, intrepid Interpol investigator Mika Naomie Harris starts sniffing around the clandestine ninja association's track record and unwittingly makes herself a target. So, naturally, because he shares her desire to bring the organization down and maybe because she reminds him of the weirdly compassionate girl who once trained with him to be a hired killer, he rescues her from vivisection and the two team up. Ninja Assassin can be oddly earnest at times, but don't let that fool you -- this movie is a tribute. Between guys getting riddled with throwing stars as if they were buckshot and a showdown that boils down to ninjas vs. automatic weapons, it's pretty clear that director James McTeigue wanted to have a little fun. And while it can lack humor, we can't say it lacks depth because it's not supposed to have any. It's actually kind of a cool idea to take a generic martial-arts action script -- complete with epic training montages and people from other countries whose native tongue is to speak English with a foreign accent -- and see how far you can get on a modest budget, with CG offering so many more possibilities than the old days. You certainly can't fault the filmmakers for trying, and lucky for us, it turns out it was a worthwhile experiment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • UPC: 883929049394
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 14,273

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rain Raizo
Naomie Harris Mika
Ben Miles Maslow
Rick Yune Takeshi
Sho Kosugi Lord Ozunu
Guido Foehrweisser Europol Agent
Stephen Marcus Kingpin
Vladimir Tarasjanz Aleksei Sabatin
Randall Duk Kim Tattoo Master
Sung Kang Hollywood
Jonathan Chan-Pensley Yakuza Henchman
Ill-Young Kim Yakuza Mohawk
Yuki Iwamoto Yakuza Couch
Linh-Dan Pham Pretty Ninja
Yu Fang Laundromat Manager
Adriana Altaras Landlady
Kylie Liya Goldstein Young Kiriko
Sungwoong Yoon Young Raizo
Eleonore Weisgerber Mrs. Sabatin
Joon Lee Teenage Raizo
Kai Fung Rieck Teenage Takeshi
Anna Sawai Teenage Kiriko
Thorston Manderlay Zabranski
Richard Van Weyden Battuta
Mina Ghousi Kid with Envelope
Hans Hohlbein Mika's Neighbor
Nhi Ngoc Nguyen-Hermann Girl on Roof
Tim Williams Europol Cell Guard
David Leitch Europol Door Guard
Wolfgang Stegemann Europol Pointman
Steffen Groth Europol Guard
Jens Neuhaus Europol Guard
Patrick Pinheiro Maslow's Aide
Matthias Schendel Task Force Agent
Johannes Ahn Medic
Technical Credits
James McTeigue Director
Jessica Alan Co-producer
Marco Bittner-Rosser Art Director
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
William Fay Executive Producer
Christoph Fisser Co-producer
Giancarlo Ganziano Editor
Stephan O. Gessler Art Director
Pascal Herr Makeup
Grant Hill Producer
Jon Jashni Executive Producer
Susanne Kasper Makeup
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Roberto Malerba Co-producer
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Carlo Poggioli Costumes/Costume Designer
Margot Redmann Makeup
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Marco Bittner Rosser Art Director
Joseph Jett Sally Editor
Matthew Sand Original Story, Screenwriter
Ivan Sharrock Sound Mixer
Joel Silver Producer
J. Michael Straczynski Screenwriter
Lucinda Syson Casting
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Andy Wachowski Producer
Larry Wachowski Producer
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Carl L. Woebcken Co-producer
Jeremy Woodhead Makeup
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Ninja movement returns

    I remember growing up with Ninja movies. At one point it seemed like Hollywood was producing one a week. Then the genre died. The best were movies starring Sho Kosugi, who as it happens, is in the movie, as the old clan leader. I guess this means we've come full circle. Great movie, if just to escape for a little while. Action at it's most bloody! Have fun watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Whoa!

    For any of you who don't mind some gore and love a good martial arts/ninja action movie, definitely give this movie a watch! I hafta admit, at first, I wasn't too sure about it, but once I got a little ways into it, I found it to be pretty awesome! Just a forewarning: If you are squeemish and can't handle much gore, this movie is definitely not for you, because there are a couple scenes with some intense gore...most especially the 1st scene. However, if gore doesn't bother you and you want to see a kick@$$ movie, then I highly recommend this movie! I will probably be buying this one on Blue Ray...because it's a good movie for that.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Ninja Assassin = The Definition of a Martial Arts Flick

    Raizo (played by Rain), an orphan, was taken to a secret ninja training camp run by the Ozunu Clan when he was just a boy. After years of harsh, even deadly, training, Raizo was brought up to be the greatest ninja of the clan, even one who would one day take it over as leader.

    While a child and through his growing-up years, he befriends Kiriko (Anna Sawai) and she is just as strong-willed as he is except where he lacks feeling, she has a heart and doesn't agree with all the clan teaches. When Kiriko tries to escape, Raizo sees what it truly means to be a member of the Ozunu Clan and from then on follows his own path to take the clan down.

    Enlisting the help of a Europol agent, Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris), together they try and bring the clan to justice. However, not is all what it seems and the Ozunu Clan has plans of their own. Led by Raizo's brother, Takeshi (Rick Yune), the two are hunted, and only after the swords stop slicing and the blood cools will a victor be decided.

    This movie is hardcore, man. There's really no other word for it. Total and utter blood-soaked craziness that reminded me of Mortal Kombat (the game). I was just waiting for a low, ominous voice to say "Fatality." Awesome.

    The kung fu in this flick is intense, especially the swordplay. Those bladed fights were among some of the best I've seen, right up there with the stuff in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Rain looked brilliant, his body and demeanor as hard as steel. More than once was I reminded of Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon with the way he moved. The flashback sequences also worked well and really added to Raizo's back story and firmly cemented us in his psyche so we know why he fights the way he does, why he's on the path he's on, and what motivates him as a ninja. Well done.

    What I especially liked in this movie was the ninjas' mystique and their power, namely the part about them being one with the shadows and the paranoia those being hunted had with the dark. The idea of always keeping the lights on and bright was a great way to play this up. The ninja-morphing with the shadows was also cool, giving the impression that these guys, after all that training, have become something more than human.

    This is just one crazy bloodbath of a movie. Non-stop action. Amazing sword battles. Cool enough story to string one fight scene to the next.

    Ninja Assassin is the definition of a martial arts flick.

    Yeah, go check it out. Definitely.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    INCREDIBLE!!!!

    This movie has, by far, the best fight scenes I have seen in a long time. Incredible non-stop action. The plot is great for an action movie. This is a must see movie! Lots of blood, I wouldn't recomend this for young teens.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    If you can get past the first ten minutes, it's not that bad...

    I saw this movie when it came out, and nearly walked out during the opening sequence because the dialogue and acting was that bad. Because my sister convinced me to stay, I suffered, thinking I was going to see a horrible film.

    While I have to admit the film is clearly not the best work for the actors involved (Rain, for example has done better work in his native South Korea - check out "I'm a cyborg, but that's Okay" or "A Love to Kill"), the movie was about what you would expect from this particular genre. The special effects are a little cheesy, but I have since read that the producers involved wanted an Anime feel, so it makes sense in retrospect.

    I wouldn't own this movie, but I would recommend it as a rental.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I'm going to be honest here... this is not Rain's best work, and the diague killed it for me.

    While I have to say the movie wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, I still have to admit that the story was uneven at best, the dialogue was awful, and there are scenes, particularly in the first ten minutes, that nearly made me want to walk right out of the theatre. If you can get past the opening sequence, the martial arts scenes make up for some of this. I would recommend this movie as a rental at best, but I would not say that this is a must own film.

    Rain, Naomi Harris, and the Wachowski brothers have all done better films than this one. (If you want to see a decent film that Rain has been in, you might want to track down the TV series "Full House" or the South Korean film "I'm a Cyborg, but That's Okay".)

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