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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.

Director:

James McTeigue

Writers:

Matthew Sand (screenplay), J. Michael Straczynski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rain ... Raizo
Joon Lee ... Teenage Raizo
Jonathan Chan-Pensley Jonathan Chan-Pensley ... Yakuza Henchman
Ill-Young Kim Ill-Young Kim ... Yakuza Mohawk
Yuki Iwamoto ... Yakuza Couch
Ben Miles ... Maslow
Naomie Harris ... Mika
Sung Kang ... Hollywood
Linh Dan Pham ... Pretty Ninja (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Fang Yu Fang Yu ... Laundromat Manager (as Yu Fang)
Adriana Altaras Adriana Altaras ... Landlady
Shô Kosugi ... Ozunu (as Sho Kosugi)
Kylie Goldstein ... Young Kiriko (as Kylie Liya Goldstein)
Sungwoong Yoon Sungwoong Yoon ... Young Raizo
Eleonore Weisgerber 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesino Ninja See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,316,158, 29 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,105,077, 7 February 2010
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Korean pop star Rain had no martial-arts experience prior to filming. He trained extensively for six months in martial arts and weapons handling with stunt and action choreographers Chad Stahelski, Peng Zhang, Jon Valera and Jonathan Eusebio as well as weights and cardiovascular workouts with personal trainers; he also went on a diet of chicken breasts and vegetables. See more »

Goofs

When Raizo is training in his apartment, after the final katana spin, you hear the clang of a katana hitting stone when it should be hitting a wooden floor. See more »

Quotes

Kingpin: [to Raizo] Its going to take more than a knitting needle to fuck me up, boy!
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Crazy Credits

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 Hollywood's Top Ten: Alive and Kicking (2011) See more »

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Being Boiled
Performed by The Human League
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5 December 2009 | by valexander69See all my reviews

Lots of blood and guts (you know it's going to be bad when the first scene involves decapitation and blood spurting everywhere) but all around I enjoyed the movie. I went in with an open mind, after only seeing one movie trailer I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised I liked it as much as I did. If you're not into very violent movies, this isn't for you. It was action packed and pretty intense, squeezing in an actual storyline with all the gore was pretty seamless. The fight Choreography was fantastic and the cinematography was beautiful (reminiscent of the Kill Bill series as far as blood and choreography). The last fight scenes have to be my favorite out of any action/martial arts film and had me in awe. The lead actor (Rain) does a good job and the overall storyline was fairly well written. I read that the screenplay was rewritten in 50some hours, I'm not sure what it was before but the outcome was decent. All in all, a good flick and I recommend it highly.


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