Ninja Assassin

November 25th, 2009


Ninja Assassin

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.3/10 (32,259 voted)

Critic's Score: 34/100

Director: James McTeigue

Stars: Rain, Rick Yune, Naomie Harris

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.

Writers: Matthew Sand, J. Michael Straczynski

Sung Kang - Hollywood
Randall Duk Kim - Tattoo Master
Jonathan Chan-Pensley - Yakuza Henchman
Ill-Young Kim - Yakuza Mohawk
Yuki Iwamoto - Yakuza Couch
Ben Miles - Maslow
Naomie Harris - Mika
Rain - Raizo
Linh Dan Pham - Pretty Ninja (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Fang Yu - Laundromat Manager (as Yu Fang)
Adriana Altaras - Landlady
Shô Kosugi - Ozunu (as Sho Kosugi)
Kylie Goldstein - Young Kiriko (as Kylie Liya Goldstein)
Sungwoong Yoon - Young Raizo
Eleonore Weisgerber - Mrs. Sabatin

Taglines: Prepare to enter a secret world of assassins.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 25 November 2009

Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,316,158 (USA) (29 November 2009) (2503 Screens)

Gross: $38,105,077 (USA) (7 February 2010)

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Did You Know?

Director James McTeigue cited the crime thrillers Panic in the Streets, The Getaway and Badlands and the martial arts features Ninja Scroll and Samurai Champloo as influences for the film.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Since Mika gave Raizo the homing capsule, his former ninja colleagues shouldn't have been able to leave the country with him. However, the authorities would have had to let the clan take Raizo back to their home dojo in order to locate it.

[Ozunu's face is slashed by Raizo]
Ozunu: Kill him!

User Review

only 1 ninja was harmed during the making of this film, the rest of them were killed

Rating: 8/10

First off I would like to say that anyone who thinks this movie sucks because it has very little plot is an idiot.

Now let me tell you what Ninja Assassin isn't.

Its not a serious thinking movie, it's not a Gandhi, it's not a Saw type movie.

And it isn't a Twilight that's for sure.

The reason why Ninja Assassin is so friggin cool is because you know that the people making this movie had one thing in mind... Have a ton of Ninjas kill each other. Ninja Assassin is a fun guys night out type movie, at least that's how I saw this movie. Though some people walked out booing I walked out cheering because I came in and honestly just wanted a huge body count and a ton of blood and boy did they deliver.

My only major critique was the CGI blood... Though there were gallons of it coming out they could have stepped it up some more...

In a way this movie was like Rambo...Equal budget of 50 million, unbelievable carnage and pure fun... But the difference is that its acrobatic, its hacking slashing, gallons of blood and Ninjas with blades on chains = )...

So all in all a solid 8/10 for me.

PS. Watch out for the opening scene and the police station scene because those scenes are epic awesome.


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