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NINJA ASSASSIN

Raizo (Rain) is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. Haunted by the execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and prepares to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Mika digs into top-secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune) to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers and must now trust each other to survive and bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 26 Nov 2009
Genre: Action / Martial Arts
Running Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Jung Ji-hoon, Naomie Harris, Rick Yune, Ben Miles
Director: James McTeigue
Format: NA

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Writer: Lai Swee Wei

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Watch this if you liked: "The Matrix", "300", "Speed Racer"

South Korean popstar Rain plays a lean, mean, murdering machine who endlessly cuts, slashes and slices up his enemies - but also manages to keep a warm heart for the ladies. Rain's action scenes as Raizo, an assassin who plots revenge against the Ninja organisation called Ozunu Clan which trained him to become a killing machine, turned out to be far more intense than seen in the trailer video.

Directed by James McTeigue ("V For Vendetta") and produced by the Wachowski brothers ("The Matrix" trilogy), the movie runs thin on plot and bears a thrilling yet gruesome action sequences that will make it worthy of a slasher movie as it contains a lot of bloody scenes where limbs are decapitated, earning a rating that is 18SG. Definitely not meant for kids, and insisting that it's not for teens either. Calling in the stunt choreographers from "The Matrix" and "V For Vendetta", it has live action stunt work that is as realistic as it can get with minimal usage of wires. They've even brought in free-runners and acrobats from Jackie Chan's stunt team in order to achieve a non wire-assisted standard and to make the stunts more towards real acrobatics. You won't be seeing people nonsensically floating and flying from one spot to another like Gianna Jun in "Blood: The Last Vampire".

The graphics and visual effects here is highly reflective of "The Matrix" as you watch Raizo dart away from shurikens (known as throwing stars) and fight off guys with his trusty chain with a blade on end. It also bears an over the top visual style effect that is similar to "300" such as blood bubbling up out of a guy's chest. As with every Asians involved in a martial arts/action movie, there will always the inescapable corny dialogue. This time, focusing on the human heart. Too corny in fact that it might strike up a giggle or two.

Although Rain expresses himself much better in Korean dramas and films, it's a no-brainer that he's putting a lot of effort into this movie, going on a strict diet of chicken breast and boiled veggies, and training himself six hours a day for eight months in order to get those solid abs. No doubt he has a lot of brushing up to do on his English, but as a skilled ninja in combat, he does a good job. Converse less and fight more is a good option for this budding Hollywood actor.

"Ninja Assassin" packs a punch in action if you're into ultra violent movies. Meanwhile, Rain's female fans won't be disappointed as he maintains his suave style and shows off his killer body throughout the movie.

Cinema Online, 19 November 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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