I gotta admit there was some nice imagery throughout the film with the ninja suits, especially in the dark rainy parts and the dojo sequences at the start. Some cool fights, moves and some nice weaponry to boot...its a film about cool ass ninjas, think about it.
Totally predictable and extremely corny with all the regular goodie and baddie cliches but admittedly Adkins (the goodie ninja guy) has probably the best looking torso I've seen since Jason Scott Lee in 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'! As a man I must admit I was impressed! and this is one of his early films too, before he became even more buffed for the 'Undisputed' franchise.
I really didn't know they made films like this anymore, yet I'm pleased. Really brought memories of my teen years flooding back, the only thing missing from this Shinobi epic is Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa snearing his ass off, now that would have been the ultimate badassery.
Basically this master has 2 top students and one has not truly learnt the ways of the True Ninja and dishonors the school and his master and gets expelled by the master and then the story start from here that the guy that got shunned by the school comes back kills the master and wants what he feels is rightfully his.
Then you basically get the premise of the movie and kick ass action happens not pointless but action that you do not have to think about.
Not for the kiddies.
I promise i will review a kids film soon :)