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A 2009 American action/martial arts film directed by James McTeigue and starring Rain.

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As expected, great ninja fighting action with a lot of bloody flying limbs

  • Nov 27, 2009
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I went into this movie not expecting a great storyline or great acting.  I went into this movie expecting a lot of cool ninja fight scenes and bloody action.  But to my surprise, I got all the action I wanted and a decent plot.

Ninja Assassin is a fictional Ninja flick about an orphan boy who becomes a full fledge ninja assassin.  As the movie progresses, it explains how, Raizo (or however you spell it), became the ninja he is today.  It shows the brutal training he went through as a child who was raised by a secret ninja clan that trains orphan children into becoming ninja assassins.  He watched his childhood friend get killed in front of his eyes by the clan because she was caught running away.  He eventually turned against them later on when asked to do something he refuses to do.  After turning against the master and his clan, he is now hunted by them through out the movie.

This movie was exactly what I expected and more when I went to go see it at midnight.  I wanted a film where the lead character is some crazy badass killer that doesn't hold back at all.  I wanted nonstop action with limbs flying off of people constantly.  Not only did it delivered on the action, it also gave a somewhat decent plot that I had not expected from movies like this.  Don't get me wrong here, it's not gonna win an oscar or anything close to that but it was fairly decent in my opinion.

The CGI might've been a little overdone with all the ninja stars and everything flying all over the place sometimes and you wonder "man, don't these ninjas ever run out of ninja stars?".  Another thing I felt they overdid was the bloodiness of the movie.  I could've sworn they ordered about a million gallons of red paint just to show the nonstop blood splattering all throughout the movie.  I also could've sworn that Raizo had lost way more than 9 pints of blood in a 2 day span but hey, if it gives me a decent dose of action with a little over exaggerated stuff like that, its all worth it.

I think this movie is great for any action fan.  Its got a cool main character, a lot of ninja's jumping all over the place slicing off limbs.  Its got ninja stars flying all over the place.  Its got blood splattering nonstop to the point where if it stops for 1 minute, you'll notice it.  So if all the stuff I said is something you'd enjoy, then you'll definitely find this movie worth watching.  I think the best comparison for this movie is Punisher War Zone.  But instead of a crazy vigilante with guns and rocket launchers, its a ninja with ninja stars and katanas/blades.

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February 27, 2014
Hmm. I don't think I've ever seen this one.
November 27, 2009
Heck Yeh, Dude! This movie was indeed a lot of fun...and yes, the best American made ninja movie to come by for the past decade! I was also very happy to see Sho Kosugi as Lord Orudu; the man still has the stuff. Great review, man.
November 27, 2009
Thanx. I hope it does well enough in the box office for a sequel too.
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review by . December 09, 2010
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* out of ****      From the director of "V for Vendetta", a masterful adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name, comes this unexpectedly awful movie. While the name suggests badass ninja fight scenes and plenty of assassinations, the film fails to build upon any of its promises. There is a whole lot of action but none of it is particularly fun or exciting. The only thing that really reminds me of "V for Vendetta" is the coloring of the blood which is …
review by . April 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I don't know whether to be slightly embarrassed by the level of enjoyment I got from this as it's by no means a good film in the traditional sense of the word. The acting is by no means good and perhaps it doesn't need to be as it's obviously a film targeted at the gore loving adrenaline junkies of the 21st century. It fits well for its target audience and will undoubtedly, as it's done with me, draw in people who would consider themselves fans of "Good Cinema" and would usually turn their …
review by . November 26, 2009
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3 ½ Stars: Action-Packed and A BLOODY-GORY GOOD TIME!
   Co-produced by the Wachowski Brothers (boy, these guys just like Japanese mythos) of the Matrix fame and with a screenplay written by Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski (one of my favorite writers) I knew I just had to give “NINJA ASSASSIN” a look. Being a martial arts action fan, I know what I am talking about when it comes to high-flying action, moody Asian plot elements and mysticism. Director James Mcteigue’s film is a lot of fun and provides some needed action …
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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A good action movie with lots of incredible martial arts. Dont go for the story.
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Ninja Assassin is a 2009 American action/martial arts film directed by James McTeigue and starring Rain. The film was produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers, and filming took place in Berlin, Germany.

Trained since childhood to be a lethal killer, Raizo has since turned his back on the Ozunu clan that raised him and now seeks revenge for their heartless murders. Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika, Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master.
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Director: James McTeigue
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: Nov. 25, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
DVD Release Date: Unknown
Runtime: 139 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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