Ninja Assassin (2009)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: J. Michael Straczynski, Matthew Sand
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2010
Box Office: $38.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures/Dark Castle Ent. - Official Site


as Raizo

as Maslow

as Takeshi

as Lord Ozunu

as Europol Agent

as Kingpin

as Aleksei Sabatin

as Aleksei Sabatin

as Tattoo Master

as Hollywood

as Yakuza Henchman

as Yakuza Mohawk

as Yakuza Couch

as Pretty Ninja

as Laundromat Manager

as Young Raizo

as Mrs. Sabatin

as Teenage Raizo

as Teenage Takeshi

as Teenage Kiriko

as Kid with Envelope

as Mika's Neighbor

as Europol Cell Guard

as Europol Door Guard

as Europol Pointman

as Europol Guard

as Europol Guard

as Maslow's Aide

as Task Force Agent
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Critic Reviews for Ninja Assassin

All Critics (114) | 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

Nothing more than an excuse for violent ninja fighting with a huge body count and plenty of blood - real and CGI.

Full Review… | July 21, 2012
7M Pictures

Ninja Assassin re-opens the door to a genre that has either been absorbed into conventional action movies via pilfered fight choreography or completely forgotten as a viable, creative foundation for interesting stories.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012

It would be hard to expect any surprises from a film called Ninja Assassin, but on the other hand, it would be hard to be disappointed by it either. It does exactly what it says on the tin.

Full Review… | April 20, 2011

Has too much story for one movie and ends as merely a mildly entertaining ninja actioner...

Full Review… | April 2, 2011
Cinema Crazed

... it's like a music video of violence that has lost the beat and doesn't care.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010

Audience Reviews for Ninja Assassin


An interesting action flick with a throw back to all the ninja movies of the past. Awesome slick stylized fight scenes with lots of blood shed and tons of great ninja stuff. Automatic ninja stars for the win.

John Manard

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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.

Super Reviewer

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