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Ninja Assassin hit the big screen in 2009; it was directed by James McTeigue who is known for such films as V for Vendetta and The Matrix. The star of this film Rain a South Korean pop music star makes his acting debut. Rain worked very hard preparing for the physical aspect of this film, working with stunt and action choreographers Chad Stahelski, Peng Zhang, Jon Valera and Jonathan Eusebio.

Ninja Assassin started with the young Raizo who had been raised by the Ozunu Clan as a deadly Ninja assassin, he ran from them after his first kill. Raizo could not run far enough, Lord Ozunu sent ninja assassins to kill him but he always managed with great flair and fighting technique to kill those sent to kill him. He has been living a quiet solitary life, trying to live a normal life his dear friend Kiriko only dreamed of behind the high walls of their hidden compound.

A Europol agent Mika Coretti working on a case where money had been funding political executions, the trail led her to discover a possible nest of Ninja trained assassins. Lord Ozunu sends his Ninja’s to Mika’s flat, where not only do the Ninja’s attempt to kill Mika and fail but Raizo intervenes. He teams up with Mika feeling deep inside that she is different from anyone he had ever met reminding him of his childhood friend Kiriko. Raizo swears to protect Mika from the Ninja’s who will not stop coming until they have completed their assignment. He knew the danger that Lord Ozunu poses and trust Mika to help expose the Ninja nest, however, as a twist the Europol and other agencies do not want Mika to discover that they too have been using Lord Ozunu’s assassins for a 100 pieces of silver.

The scenes rivaled a Quentin Tarantino film with lots of action and blood squirting in every direction often time you did not even see the kill just the blood as it hit the screen. Ninja Assassin a combination of Quentin Tarantino’s gorefest, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon awesome display of fighting techniques and old world martial arts genre that would make the greats like Bruce Lee pause and smile. Raizo and Mika bring down Lord Ozunu in the end; of course there are the ending plot twists that create an intake of breath. Lord Ozunu kills Mika, or does he really; Raizo taps into his inner Ninja and masters the shadow blending technique killing Lord Ozunu as the retreat burns to the ground. Raizo carries Mika’s lifeless body outside, and lays her gently on the ground. A birth defect which places Mika’s heart on the opposite side of where it normally should have been, she lives just as Raizo believed that she was special. She helped him gain his freedom.

Ninja Assassin is an Action, Thriller movie that was released in 2009 and has a run time of 1 hr 38 min. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 34.

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| 2009 | 1 hr 38 min | 6.3/10 | 34/100
Rain, Joon Lee, Jonathan Chan-Pensley, Ill-Young Kim
Dark Castle Entertainment
James McTeigue
Produced By
Joel Silver, Wachowski brothers, Grant Hill

Also starring Joon Lee