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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Prepare to enter a secret world of assassins. See more »


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:

Asesino Ninja  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director James McTeigue cited the crime thrillers Panic in the Streets (1950), The Getaway (1972) and Badlands (1973) and the martial arts features Ninja Scroll (1993) and Samurai Champloo (2004) as influences for the film. See more »


There is one shot of Raizo walking through Berlin that was probably not shot on location, as the German in the advertisement in the shop window behind him is nonsensical. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

The opening title appears in a spray of blood. See more »


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


Performed by John Defaria
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User Reviews

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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