A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
Scott Adkins had to put on a significant amount of weight for the part of Boyka in order to be visually convincing as a contender for Michael Jai White. See more »
When Chambers is shooting the commercial for the Vodka, the director stops him for mispronouncing a word that he hadn't even uttered yet. The director corrects his pronunciation of "Chabrim" when the last word Chambers says before being cut was Champion. See more »
[teaching George a leg-lock technique]
Put leg on top of shoulder, lock with head. And now press on top of knee.
[George applies pressure]
[George increases pressure]
If I press any harder, its gonna break!
Good, maybe I start to feel the leg again.
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I attended the premiere at Paramount Studios and have to say I was impressed by the breathtaking fight scenes. They were filmed at a very high speed, so there was a hyper-real crispness to them and interesting time changes throughout. Things were slowed down and sped up to catch Michael Jai White's amazing choreography.
Michael Jai had a hand in much of the production and his attention to detail in these scenes in particular shows. Scott Adkins is also an incredibly adept martial arts performer and comes off as an appropriately menacing villain. Michael Jai plays George Chambers with all the hubris and latent anger you could want, but also with an undertone of humor not present in Ving Rhames' portrayal of the character.
The last reviewer made a good point about this film having an 80's action feel to it. There's a no-nonsense brutality to the fighting that you don't often see these days. This is no Jackie Chan hit-em-with-a-broomstick fest. Think Rocky meets UFC. A definite adrenaline-pumper!
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