Ninja Assassin

2009

Ninja Assassin

Critics Consensus

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

25%

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Total Count: 114

54%

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User Ratings: 189,755
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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

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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
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
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 (31) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (85)

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

    Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Ninja Assassin is final proof that the once innovative Wachowski Brothers have indeed lost their creative mojo.

    Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The fight scenes are uninspired and I suspect post-pubescent audiences will be very bored.

    Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It truly wouldn't take much - a minor re-edit, a few arch looks to camera, a wiseacre sidekick named 'Shortballs' - to inch this utterly mystifying throwback into spoof territory.

    Jan 22, 2010
  • The first time we see heads roll it's entertaining. The second time it's boring. The eighth time...

    Jan 22, 2010 | Rating: 1/5
  • Perhaps such phenomenal slaughter is best left to the imagination.

    Dec 2, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin B. Lee

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ninja Assassin

  • May 01, 2019
    This won't win awards but if you're in the market for some crazy ninja action, this is your film. Gory, excessive amounts of action and a story with no real purpose or point, this film nails what American Ninja and all those other mediocre 80s films could only dream about. Not a great film but a film that services a core fan market. Just a shame it wasn't successful, it deserves another film. 26/04/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2012
    Lots and lotsa fight scenes (with lotsa them in the dark so's you can't see nothing) and lots and lotsa blood, lots of it, buckets and buckets, body parts flooding in blood, blood, blood, blood, and some dialogue on the side. The only movie I ever saw made for vampires and not about them (like a sort of Vampire Food Network). Of course I realize that some may find what I said to be attractive. To them I add: "You'll be sorry."
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2012
    Crazy, Amazing, Quality Blood & Gore Effects I've ever seen. The story was decent and the fight scenes were epic, Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!
    Shawn M Super Reviewer

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