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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:
... Raizo
... Teenage Raizo
Jonathan Chan-Pensley ... Yakuza Henchman
Ill-Young Kim ... Yakuza Mohawk
... Yakuza Couch
... Maslow
... Mika
... Hollywood
... Pretty Ninja (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Fang Yu ... Laundromat Manager (as Yu Fang)
Adriana Altaras ... Landlady
... Ozunu (as Sho Kosugi)
... Young Kiriko (as Kylie Liya Goldstein)
Sungwoong Yoon ... Young Raizo
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


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

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  »

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Raizo gets Mika's photo, he reads her address in Berlin on the back side: "Mika Coretti, Götzstr. 165, Alexanderplatz, 10179." When Mika reaches her home in the night we see a street sign named "Motzstrasse". Götzstrasse has the postcode 12099, Alexanderplatz has 10178 and Motzstrasse has 10779. Both streets are not even near Alexanderplatz: Götzstrasse is in Tempelhof district, Motzstrasse in Wilmersdorf district. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010) See more »


Written by Jorge Corante
Performed by GMan
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Excuse me, I think you dropped some blood over there...
28 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I like dumb action movies. I especially like dumb, over the top, gory, violent martial arts movies. Gimme some "Ong Bak" or even some "Bloodsport" and I'll be satisfied.

This is not a martial arts movie. This is not even an entertaining action movie in the slightest.

The story amounts to "REVENGE!" (like all good action movie plots, huh?), and of course the acting and dialogue is never up to par. But you don't come into a movie called "Ninja Assassin" looking for Mamet-like dialogue, do you? The prerequisite action is here...kinda. If by "action" you mean "we're going to CGI the crap out of these fight scenes, and make everything all blurry and dark so you don't see how bad they actually are". That's what you meant, right? Rain, I feel, is a pretty good looking chap, who's about as charismatic in the role as an Asian pop star pretending to be a martial arts master can be. And when he's laying waste to dozens upon dozens of pajama clad ninjas in some fairly slick & well-choreographed fight scenes (that comes maybe 50 minutes into the movie) you almost find yourself enjoying the film. But then we see a ridiculous amount of blood being shed, heads being cut off and severed arms flying at the screen. That's the exact moment where you'll find yourself completely taken out of the action. You'll then realize how stupid all of this is, and how there's absolutely nothing entertaining about CGI fight scenes in a live-action martial arts movie. It's a cop-out; you start to wonder whether "Ninja Assassin" is an actual movie or just the trailer for the video game tie-in.

At this point, your mind begins to wander. You find yourself asking questions, such as "Why is this movie so fake? What's the point of having cool fight scenes if you just crap it up with ridiculously fake CGI blood and gore? Why does "Ricky-Oh" seem like a far more realistic and realized martial arts film when compared to this mess? Why did I spend my money to watch this film?".

Luckily for you, you have the ability to spare yourself from asking that last question.

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