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Ninja Assassin (2009)

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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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Jonathan Chan-Pensley ...
Yakuza Henchman
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Pretty Ninja (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Fang Yu ...
Laundromat Manager (as Yu Fang)
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Ozunu (as Sho Kosugi)
Kylie Goldstein ...
Young Kiriko (as Kylie Liya Goldstein)
Sungwoong Yoon ...
Eleonore Weisgerber ...

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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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Fear not the weapon but the hand that wields it. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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25 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Asesino Ninja  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,316,158 (USA) (27 November 2009)

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$38,105,077 (USA) (5 February 2010)
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The fight scenes were staged without having to have recourse to wirework or digital finetuning, except for the shadow-blending VFX. See more »

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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 »

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[Raizo approaches the remaining witness of a job]
Tattoo Master: For sixty years I've told this story. No one believed me. But you ARE real, aren't you?
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The Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures, Dark Castle and Silver Pictures logos appear from and disappear into darkness, similar to a ninja's shadow-blending ability. They are also completely metallic, with a few streaks of blood. See more »

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Referenced in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) See more »

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Written and Performed by David Bowie
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5 points just for having Ninjas
5 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about Ninjas doing Ninja things, being stealthy, practicing bad-ass moves, and killing lots of other Ninjas.

If you don't mind a plot that comes straight out of a not very good video game there is enjoyment to be had here. Sho Kosugi is excellent as the master ninja, and a great choice for throwback fans of much better Ninja films like Revenge of the Ninja (last time I saw it I was 8 years old so...) . Rain (the hero ninja) barely says a word through the movie and when he does he sounds a lot like another immortal swordsman, Christopher Lambert.

Unfortunately the Wachowski siblings seem to be getting much worse at special effects. Some of the scenes look absolutely unbelievable and the Ninja training ground almost looks like a student work for a 3D class. It must be noted that the extremely graphic decapitations look great though. Each decapitation is enhanced with buckets of blood that will make any Tarantino fan giddy with dark and kind of disturbing joy.

If you're looking for a realistic Ninja movie (I know I am) I guess you'll have to Watch Leon again and pretend he's Asian. There are a billion plot holes here, Ninjas are un-killable until the movie decides they should be cannon fodder. Your suspension of disbelief will be pushed into overdrive but in the end, a movie about Ninjas doing Ninja things is always going to be at least decent. Well if you're into low art anyway.

Oh and the movie gets an extra point for playing Being Boiled by Human League during the end credits.


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