I watched the movie Ninja Assassin yesterday. Although it’s starring Korean actor/pop star Rain, it’s not what most people would call a chick flick.
The movie is produced by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix, V for Vendetta) and directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), but as I’m sure you’ve already guessed from the title, it’s not so much about a deep meaningful story as it is about ninjas chopping people into bits.
The opening scene sets the tone of the movie right away. It’s extremely bloody. But not in a disgusting way. People are dismembered right and left, but they stop there. They don’t do any “weird” things to people. It’s just a bloody action movie (literally).
The movie is in English for the most part (despite taking place in Japan and Germany). The story is pretty decent for a movie of this kind. I mean, it’s nothing special, but it’s pretty good considering it’s just a way to get from one ninja fight to the next.
In my opionion Rain did a great job as Raizo. I’ve only seen him in Full House before, which is a role that’s a bit different from this one. He doesn’t speak (or wear a shirt) all that much, but he’s believable as Raizo and does well in the fight scenes too.
Ninja Assassin is a pretty good movie, if you take it for what it is. It has some pretty spectacular action tied together with a good enough story. There are many incosistencies that will drive some people mad, but it’s nothing major. It’ll just give you something to talk about with your friends after the movie.
I don’t know why this was never shown in Swedish cinemas. It seems to be selling pretty well on DVD and Blu-ray.
It’s a bit funny that on the same day I got my Kiriko Ninja figure, I watch a movie where there’s a ninja girl named Kiriko