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Ninja Assassin (2009)

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Ninja Assassin is a neo-noir martial arts film directed by James McTeigue. The story was written by Matthew Sand, with a screenplay by J. Michael Straczynski. The film stars South Korean pop musician Rain as a disillusioned assassin looking for retribution against his former mentor, played by ninja film legend Sho Kosugi.

Ninja Assassin explores political corruption, child endangerment and the impact of violence. The Wachowskis, Joel Silver, and Grant Hill produced the film for Legendary Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment and Silver Pictures. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Ozunu Clan, led by the ruthless Lord Ozunu, trains orphans from around the world to become the ultimate ninja assassins. Raizo is one of the orphans. The Ozunu Clan’s training is extremely brutal, especially for Raizo since he is to be the next successor of the clan.

The only kindness he ever feels is from a young kunoichi named Kiriko, with whom he eventually develops a romantic bond. As time goes by, Kiriko becomes disenchanted with the Ozunu’s routine and decides to abandon it. One rainy night, Kiriko climbs a wall to escape and encourages Raizo to join her, but he chooses to stay. Branded as a traitor, Kiriko is captured and later executed in front of Raizo by their elder ninja brother Takeshi, who impales her through the heart.

Director: James McTeigue

Writers: Matthew Sand (story & screenplay), J. Michael Straczynski (screenplay)

Stars: Rain, Rick Yune, Naomie Harris, Sung Kang, Shô Kosugi, Ben Miles, Kylie Liya Goldstein

Cast:

RainRaizo
Joon LeeTeenage Raizo
Jonathan Chan-PensleyYakuza Henchman
Ill-Young KimYakuza Mohawk
Yuki IwamotoYakuza Couch
Ben MilesMaslow
Naomie HarrisMika
Sung KangHollywood
Linh Dan PhamPretty Ninja (as Linh-Dan Pham)
Fang YuLaundromat Manager (as Yu Fang)
Adriana AltarasLandlady
Shô KosugiOzunu (as Sho Kosugi)
Kylie Liya GoldsteinYoung Kiriko
Sungwoong YoonYoung Raizo
Eleonore WeisgerberMrs. Sabatin
Wladimir TarasjanzAleksei Sabatin
Randall Duk KimTattoo Master
Kai Fung RieckTeenage Takeshi
Anna SawaiTeenage Kiriko
Thorston ManderlayAgent Zabranski
Richard van WeydenBattuta
Mina GhousiKid with Envelope
Hans HohlbeinMika’s Neighbor
Rick YuneTakeshi
Stephen MarcusKingpin
Nhi Ngoc Nguyen-HermannGirl on Roof
Guido FoehrweisserLead Europol Agent (as Guido Föhrweisser)
Tim WilliamsEuropol Cell Guard
David LeitchEuropol Door Guard
Wolfgang StegemannEuropol Pointman
Steffen GrothEuropol Guard
Jens NeuhausEuropol Guard
Patrick PinheiroMaslow’s Aide
Matthias SchendelTask Force Agent
Johannes AhnMedic
Hélène CardonaEuropol Agent (voice)
Paul LeonardJamison
Alexander YassinIndonesian Shopman – Istanbul

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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