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Ninja Assassin (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Overly serious and incomprehensibly edited, Ninja Assassin fails to live up to the promise of its title.

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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Box Office:
$38,105,077.00
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Cast

Rain
as Raizo
Ben Miles
as Maslow
Rick Yune
as Takeshi
Shô Kosugi
as Lord Ozunu
Guido Foehrweisser
as Europol Agent
Stephen Marcus
as Kingpin
Wladimir Tarasjanz
as Aleksei Sabatin
Vladimir Tarasjanz
as Aleksei Sabatin
Randall Duk Kim
as Tattoo Master
Sung Kang
as Hollywood
Jonathan Chan-Pensley
as Yakuza Henchman
Ill-Young Kim
as Yakuza Mohawk
Yuki Iwamoto
as Yakuza Couch
Linh-Dan Pham
as Pretty Ninja
Yu Fang
as Laundromat Manager
Adriana Altaras
as Landlady
Kylie Liya Goldstein
as Young Kiriko
Yoon Sungwoong
as Young Raizo
Eleonore Weisgerber
as Mrs. Sabatin
Joon Lee (V)
as Teenage Raizo
Kai Fung Rieck
as Teenage Takeshi
Anna Sawai
as Teenage Kiriko
Mina Ghousi
as Kid with Envelope
Hans Hohlbein
as Mika's Neighbor
Tim Williams
as Europol Cell Guard
David Leitch
as Europol Door Guard
Wolfgang Stegemann
as Europol Pointman
Steffen Groth
as Europol Guard
Jens Neuhaus
as Europol Guard
Patrick Pinheiro
as Maslow's Aide
Matthias Schendel
as Task Force Agent
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Critic Reviews for Ninja Assassin

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (27)

A garish and poorly filmed chop-socky frolic that makes about as much sense as an Escher painting viewed through Vaseline-smudged Ray-Bans.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Perhaps such phenomenal slaughter is best left to the imagination.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

The problem is that the fight sequences -- the only reason anyone sees a movie like this in the first place -- are muddy, chaotic and boring. Even diehard fans of this genre would be well advised to skip this one.

November 30, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

This saga, set in Berlin, is more committed to its bloodletting than to any of its characters.

November 25, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

A movie that provides plenty of jolts but precious little pleasure.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

This movie knows exactly what it is: Gonzo silliness about bodies turned into human salsa.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ninja Assassin

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An oddly boring film, considering there is Ninja action basically non-stop, incredibly nasty wounds and deaths (even though clearly CGI ones). The problem is that there is not much of a story, or the one that's presented leaves us little to care about. A great example of how plenty of gore and violence does not equal entertainment.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A ninja who has turned his back on his clan fights to defend an Interpol researcher who is trying to uncover them and seek revenge upon his erstwhile master. No-one has the right to complain about the lack of depth or characterisation in this film. It's called Ninja Assassin for christ's sake. Essentially it's a mish-mash of ideas that are just an excuse for wildly over the top action sequences in which bad guys are sliced, diced and eviscerated left, right and centre; it has the "gangsters fighting against an invisible assassin" format of the Predator films, the "come with me if you want to live" character dynamic of The Terminator and the soldiers vs afore-mentioned invisible assassins finale that's straight out of Aliens. But unlike Doomsday which managed to completely balls up this mix of "influences", Ninja Assassin sticks to what it knows and presents a non-stop frenetic gorefest that's actually a lot of fun. The result reminded me of a Wachowski-fied version of Blade that's a bit thin on plot but makes up for it with above par effects and finely executed action. In fact the bad guys are very much in the vein of The Hand from the Wolverine comics and I would have been a lot happier if the Wolverine film had been handled in a similar way. Switch brain to neutral and enjoy.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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