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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 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, Rovimore
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
Ben Miles
as Maslow
Rick Yune
as Takeshi
Shô Kosugi
as Lord Ozunu
Guido Foehrweisser
as Europol Agent
Vladimir Tarasjanz
as Aleksei Sabatin
Wladimir Tarasjanz
as Aleksei Sabatin
Randall Duk Kim
as Tattoo Master
Sung Kang
as Hollywood
Jonathan Chan-Pensle...
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
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 (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

Ninja Assassin Quotes

Lord Ozunu: Wherever you are, wherever you may go, you must never forget who you are. You are part of me, as I am part of you. This is the truth of your lives, and it will remain true after death.
– Submitted by Kyle S (4 years ago)
Raizo: The breath I take after I kill you will be the first breath of my life.
– Submitted by Shelinda F (4 years ago)
Mika: I took a Tae Bo class once, but that is the extent of my kung-fu abilities.
– Submitted by troy r (4 years ago)
Lord Ozunu: Most children are disappointments. Not worth the effort to raise.
– Submitted by troy r (4 years ago)

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