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A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jonathan Chan-Pensley ...
Yakuza Henchman
Ill-Young Kim ...
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Pretty Ninja (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Fang Yu ...
Laundromat Manager (as Yu Fang)
Adriana Altaras ...
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Ozunu (as Sho Kosugi)
Kylie Goldstein ...
Young Kiriko (as Kylie Liya Goldstein)
Sungwoong Yoon ...
Eleonore Weisgerber ...
Mrs. Sabatin
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Storyline

Trained since childhood to be a lethal killer, Raizo has since turned his back on the Ozunu clan that raised him and now seeks revenge for their heartless murders. Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika, Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master. Written by The Massie Twins

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Plot Keywords:

ninja | clan | revenge | assassin | murder | See more »

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Raised to become an assassin... until betrayal made him a target. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody stylized violence throughout, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ninja Assassin  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£187,285 (UK) (22 January 2010)

Gross:

$38,105,077 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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Trivia

After Raizo (Rain) is first captured and chained to the wall, one of his captors looks at him and says, "He looks like he should be in a boy band." Rain started his career in the boy band Fanclub. See more »

Goofs

When the German Police arrives at the hotel, the sirens sound like American sirens. However, German police cars have a completely different sound. See more »

Quotes

Ozunu: No other showed such promise. You were the son I never had. Do you know how your betrayal felt?
Raizo: Why do you think I did it?
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits take place in a montage of spinning ninja weaponry, blood splashes and blurred ninja arenas. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Will You Cross the Skies for Me? (2010) See more »

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Being Boiled
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1 August 2010 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

More junk for kids. Superficially the most talented folks here were the guys that added the snickersnack sounds of the blades and the crew that composited in all the exploding blood. But there are two things that hold the interest.

One, believe it or not, is the story. It is reversal on the Karate Kid grasshopper pattern. The head guy here was more of a Darth Vader and his top student rebels out of some sense of morality. This is one of the few times we have been reminded that ninja were the bad guys. Though they still have magical powers here, there is the hint that they would rely on treachery over skill. There is of course no suspense regarding the outcome.

But the other is the manner in which the action scenes have been framed for cinema. All these martial art movies emphasize the performance more than the combat. Sometimes the camera gets involved; these things are inherently cinematic which is why we have them. But rarely is there some camera-aware innovation.

A reader put me on to this, otherwise I never would have bothered. Lana Wachowski seems to have had a hand in the middle action sequence. The ones at the beginning and end are ordinary. But the one starting with our young hero escaping from captivity is clearly an experiment by Wachowski and his support team.

You don't need a great movie to have these cinematic advances. "Transformers," and then "Speed Racer" were dumb, as dumb as this, but they added to the visual imagination in ways that matter. In this case, it is all about slicing time, manipulating light in extreme ways and suspending ambiguous causality.

I almost imagine that this got made in large part as experiment for whatever the Wachowskis do next. They are working for us, and it brightens my day.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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