It remains as true today as it did in the days of the ancient Samurai the weapons of the Ninja hold legendary powers for both good men and evil. The deadly weapons of the last Koga Ninja have now been entrusted to an American Ninjutsu student studying in Japan. Commanded by his Sensei to return to New York and protect the weapons at all cost, he must defeat the skilled Yakuza assassins hunting him and prevent the power of the weapons from falling into evil hands.
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I am a big fan of Scott Adkins ever since I saw Undisputed 2 and 3 and I really expected a whole lot more from him and Isaac Florentine in this movie since both Undisputed movies were so badass! But this movie was sooooooo lame. The acting was terrible. The effects were terrible. The plot was stupid. And the little details were just dumb. Alot of the other bad reviews pretty much covers in detail as to why this movie sucks but man Isaac should've used Scott's talent in martial arts a WHOLE lot more than the POS fight scenes he was in. They were your basic jump, kick and bad guy falls down in agonizing pain. C'mon! And plus Scott's character was lame. That did no justice for him as an actor or a martial arts expert.
This review is from: Ninja [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) The title says it all but I can say this movie is awesome. The acting is superb and the action is top notch. It has a nice revenge factor too! Get this movie for a great price too!
I'm not sure if it was purposely trying to be a bad martial arts movie or not, but if it was, it succeeded. If they had added comedic scenes, then it might have been salvageable. I'm going to be a little vague only because I don't want to spoil it if you want to watch it anyway.I don't normally write reviews for movies, but this one was so horrible I felt obligated to warn anyone considering watching this ... or worse, buying it. I kept watching the DVD progress bar to see how much longer I had to watch it (I can't stop in the middle of a movie or a book). The special effects aren't very realistic. The fighting scenes are mediocre, about the bare minimum you would expect from an action movie. The plot was thin. The main antagonist is after a box of artifacts, acceptance of the sensei, and revenge (?). The artifacts are suppose to have magic capabilities that are never explained - so I think it's really just sentimental, but who knows... They waste a lot of time on the main character's parents but nothing comes of it. It doesn't really drive him or affect him. It just provides an excuse for why an American is spending his life in Japan. There was absolutely zero character development.Also at the end, the "Ring" Organization wastes a lot of resources trying to kill the main characters. It doesn't really give a reason why a financially motivated organization would try to stop them to such an extent other than as a favor to the main antagonist (however, the "Ring" tries to kill him too at the end).I'm also annoyed that the ninja poison (only ninjas know the poison/antidote combo) was used twice on two other ninjas but no one but the bad guy had the antidote. You would think the sensei/soke would have had one handy.The cops and the "Ring" bad guys were just fodder. The detective just gave them an easy out to push the plot along. It was all very predictable and cliche.
As we are taught by this movie the Japanese ancient art of espionage,covert ops and murder has evolved and has now become a respectablemartial arts focused on the spiritual perfection. As we all naturallyknow becoming a good person always involves learning the traits andusage of a multitude of deadly weapons, poisons and such. In one suchrespectable establishment (Dojo) the noble art of killing is taught bySensei (Togo Igawa) and amongst his students are his daughter Namiko(Mika Hijii), the ultimate pupil Masazuka (Tsuyoshi Ihara), an Americanorphan Casey (Scott Adkins), and a lot of cannon fodder.Namiko is probably the strongest and most potent fighter of the threeeasily beating Casey in combat in the beginning of the movie.Unfortunately she also has a severe weakness: in various key lifethreatening situations she forgets she is a trained deadly martialartist and indulges into the age-old tradition of screaming her faceoff playing a helpless female victim (albeit maybe this is a sinisterninjutsu ploy to distract the opponent and to make him ignore Namiko?).Masazuka is set to take over the dojo from Sensei, but envious of theattention Casey receives from the ninja master, he loses himself duringa training combat and attempts to kill the hapless American. This endsin Masazuka being expelled from the institution, as killing is notaccepted in the ninjutsu code of murder. Or something like that.Naturally Masazuka turns bad and becomes a prominent assassin for hire.One of his best clients - the Temple Corporation, who has a secretivepara-fascist organisation, which loves shooting people in broaddaylight. However still stricken with regret and full of spite hedecides to take over by force the legacy of Sensei's ninjutsu, YoroiBitsu, an armoured chest that contains the weapons of the last KogaNinja.Fighting ensues, carpets of blood and bodies populate the streets ofthe movie and the good guys fight the bad guys...The plot is totally nonsensical. Extravagantly nonsensical. But unlikethe very enjoyable "Ninja Assassin" it fails to take a tongue and cheekapproach and just feeds us a bad movie with a bad plot with someexceptionally terrible acting... all of these flaws are supposedlysupposed to be glossed over by the impressive fight sequences and goodtech credits of the movie. Alas... in this time and age my expectationsare not so low as that.Despite some terrible acting which reminded me of a Nigerian nollywoodmovie I watched a couple of days ago (fronted by Scott Adkins and MikaHijii) I must however commend a very convincing Tsuyoshi Ihara, whodoes a great job as the main protagonist.
It's been a while since I've seen something this bad. That may be because it's been about 20 years since someone MADE something this bad! This movie could have been made in the 1980s. I'm not talking about a throwback to the 80s, as other reviewers are claiming. You could literally take this movie back to the 1980s, show it, and not a single person would notice it was from 2009. No one in the movie uses a modern cell phone, laptop computer, PDA, or mp3 player; most of the cars are from the 80s. (I think they used very old stock footage for general traffic scenes - I saw cars I haven't seen in a decade). The jackets worn by the bad guys are straight out of a Michael Jackson video. The cordless phones are HUGE. The lead bad guy is the only anachronism and that's because he could be from the 1970s, his look, his dialogue, everything. (And yet, inexplicably, Mutsaka has modern night vision goggles, used consistently in situations where there's enough ambient light to render them useless.) Unless you're a diehard afficianado of bad martial arts films, avoid. There are better acting and fight scenes in "Kung Fu Panda," and fewer plot holes as well.
What do you expect from an action flick blatantly titled "Ninja"? Shô Kosugi and those ninja movies made in the early '80s like "Enter the Ninja"? Though a low-budget martial arts action "Ninja" suffers from incoherent storytelling, stock characters and clichÃ©d narrative techniques (a secret organization?), the fast-paced movie is not boring with surprisingly decent action stunts including some nice sword fights.The story is about Casey (Scott Adkins), a westerner adopted in the Kouga ninja clan, trying to protect the "Yoroi Bitsu," a box containing the sacred armor that has been handed down from generation to generation. Adkins shows what he can do in the action sequences (and there are many of them), but watching him kicking ordinary thugs on and on is not very thrilling. The repetitious action choreography needs more creative moves.Tsuyoshi Ihara plays Masazuka, a disgraced disciple who craves for the clan's heirloom. Movie fans outside Japan probably remember him as Colonel Takeichi Nishi or "Baron Nishi" in Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima." Mika Hijii plays the sensei's daughter Namiko. Several scenes of the film indicate both players have enough skills for action stunts, but sadly they are not allowed to show them here.Like the most low-budget action movies you see on DVD, it is not the silly storyline or cheesy effects that bother us. What is really disappointing about "Ninja" is the lack of creative ideas in action choreography, which could have been better considering the martial arts skills of the star.
Are you kidding me! I almost thought this was real story! I thought when I grew up I could be a real ninja just like them!
I m sorry about this film .the rating B+ I thought very good film but unfortunately rating was wrong and this un fair to rate move in wrong specify .the good think in the film the S.V of the marital arts .director lucky to be with him .story week if not believing go ahead and enjoy it with pop corn.
I didn't think they made them like this anymore! This film instantlytransported me back to the 80's. To a time when I'd been out on my BMXall day, building tree houses and eating crisp sandwiches, ridingthrough the fields that are now poorly made housing estates and back intime for tea and a dose of ninja action. When plot, script and actingdidn't really matter and all you really cared about was: 'How manyroundhouses does he do?' There's an abundance of dumb henchman, all wearing the same get up butwho are actually members of a secret cult, controlled by some scarybusinessman who worships... err, something or other and have the samesalute as the Nazis. These guys are loosely involved with the mainninja bad guy who has a nasty scar, ooh nasty.You've got your Sensai betrayal, high tech ninja sh*t, stupid copper,traditional weaponry, beautiful girl and even a cameo from Batman.Could this film be any better? Well, yeah it could... a lot actuallybut, who cares? It's so authentic in its simplicity, it achieves what1000's of high budget films nowadays lack - watchabilty.
This review is from: Ninja [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) I am appalled by the negative reviews of this movie. Compared to Ninja Assassin, a big budget, over hyped movie, and over rated in amazon stars, this one, is better in many ways. Ok so the story may be very typical. I used to play action figues as a child and would conjure up the same story, rival pupils, jealosy, and the love of his beautiful daughter..... anyways, this move on blu ray is sleek, fast paced (boy was ninja assassin sloooowww) , and down right badass. No excessive (unrealistic) blood like ninja assassin--although it was sweet, but they show you what it would really look like when someone gets chopped up by kitana. Oh and let me say the arsenal used is so sick!! This movie had be out of my seat at least 4 times in excitement, all the while i am saying to myself how under the radar this movie was and how overly blown away i was by its production value. Sure there are no superstars, but the acting is far from terrible. Besides, its all about the action here. I can confidently say this is the best action movie of 2010 so far and maybe even 2009 and beyond... definately worth $17 for the blu ray.
This review is from: Ninja (Amazon Instant Video) First of all I want to say this movie was super awesome!I don't care about technical details, I watched the movie and loved everything about it.I definitely will watch it again sometime soon... 5 stars because I can't find anything I don't like in it ;)
Well not much to say. I rented this at Redbox for a buck.. Waste of a dollar. I mean since when does a Ninja use a gun? That was pretty much a deal breaker for me. No Story at all. Stupid men in cult robes that never have a meaning. Bad acting. Fight scenes are Ok. More karate than Ninja. Pass on this one until its on TV for free.
This movie was down right just HORRIBLE!!! It was sooo bad I had to forward through all the bad acting and dialogue just to get to the so-so action sequences I love a good ninja flick but this was not it.
This review is from: Ninja [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) High action movie. I liked the movie but it is very bloody with a lot of close up scenes. My wife did not like these scenes.
I ONLY gave this movies 2 stars instead of 1 because of the cover!! OK, is not bad as Black Ninja but is certainly NOT good as Ninja Assassin.First of all, this is not exactly a ninja film, is more like a karate film. The good guy is always fighting the bad guys with his modern clothes until the ending when he decides to dress up as a ninja (the one in the cover) so he can fight the bad ninja. The only ninja that fights during the entire film is the bad armored ninja that kills a couple of good guys with his stealth sword and pistols. Of course, the fights were so-so, the acting was terrible, and the story was predictable.The only goodies of this movie are the blood and gore (which was kind of cool) and the fight at the end with the two ninjas fighting other bad guys and themselfs. Note: The final fight scene wasn't THAT long.P.S: In my opinion, this movie is very similar to the Transporter movies but without car chases, less budget, and with a ninja concept.
This review is from: Ninja (DVD) Yeah, the acting is what you would expect for a Martial Arts movie but it is nice that they use very highly skilled martial artists first, acting, comes in second, here! I liked it! I was entertained! Not quite as violent as Ninja Assassin (spelling) but I liked it regardless!
Ninja 2009 Trailer gave me so much expectations, it delivered somegreat scenes and looked like a true Japanese ninja-themed motionpicture. There are some pretty clear points on why this movie is soawful. The 2 main characters "Casey" & "Namiko" grow up at a school ofmartial arts, yet they struggle to deal with common thugs. And I'msorry but the actor for "Casey" is awful, he is untalented and shouldconsider a new job, throughout the film he looks tense anduncomfortable. Although the story line is predictable to some extent itis also outrageously spontaneous, for instance "Masazuka" at first it'stoo fond of "Casey" the next minute he tries to kill him then when theSensei expels him, he acts surprised I mean for god sake you just triedto kill a student what do you expect? Can I also add in the script waspoorly thought through, some of the wording (especially the translatedlanguage) is very poorly constructed. We all like movies withoutrageously impossible stunts and super cool Kick-ass movies right?ninja 2009 is an insult to my intelligence. I can understand someonescaling buildings or throwing darts, but since when can ninjas fly? Imean seriously, he clips the girl to around his neck and flies off likea batman, it probably wouldn't of been so bad if he used a zip wire, oreven if the effects used were acceptable. the Ninja showdowns werepretty good quality, they keep my entertained but there was an unneededamount of blood exploding in every direction when someone got injuredor stabbed etc. In my opinion the most important part to any movie isthe music, movies such as "the last samurai, hidden dragon crouchingtiger" and many more had classic Japanese styled music because it fitsand sets the scene. The music in this film is awful, even the Japanesemusic is bad. I would also like to add that the mastered Blu-ray DVDdid not fulfil the expectations of any DVD the sound effects where tooloud.I have to admit that I did not watch the end of this film, I wasdisgusted that this film was allowed to be sold. The acting was bad.The camera angles were cheap. The Music and sound effects weredisappointing. The whole ninja theme was ruined by the fact that theycan't even beat thugs. This film was a disappointment on the whole, itdidn't resemble a old ninja-themed film, it didn't even resemble aninja film. Poorly thought through and executed.
This review is from: Ninja [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) This movie was mistakenly purchased in place of NINJA ASSASSIN. This movie, despite the poor ratings, is still really bad. Very dumb. It started off mediocre and despite my hope and expectation, just got worse. Just too stupid for words--and with the exception of a couple of actors, very bad acting. Some good fight scenes, but nothing holds this story together--and did I mention, it was really dumb! Don't waste your time.
this movie really has the cheese that goes CRUNCH!!!!!. its so lamely cheesy, its so bad it stays bad, with never a chance to turn good. the ninja costumes look like the were purchased at toys r us. not to mentioned the evil ninjas helmet its a copy of the splinter cell helmet. the acting is the pits. to the fake screams, to gestures, everything is acted out of place. the story is just boring. badly edited, theres a part were a helicopter just vanishes out of nowhere. . the fighting was bad, i cant recall a single second of this movie that caught my attention. if you are thinking about buying this movie, just flush the money down the toilet. at least some sewer rats will benefit from it.
this movie has two thing that every ninja movie should have,a vengeanceplot and a meeting of the old ways of the ninja and the modern way ofthe gang/cult.first off you see the training dojo and you don't know ifit's the 15th century or the 21st.our hero,casey,who has been in thedojo from youth is in a minor seeming feud with masasuke,a rivalstudent in the dojo,when a training session becomes near fatal masasukeis banished and goes into business as an assassin,meanwhile casey andnamiko,the sensei's daughter go to America to guard an ancient ninjaartefact,the yoroi bitsu,a chest of weapons and gear used by the ninjaancestors who trained in the dojo.when masasuke kills sensei casey andnamiko are targeted,this is where the movie changes,masasuke is themodern ninja,with guns, an extendable katana and a major grudge he usesa cult connection to find and capture casey.when all else fails caseydoes what he has to do,he opens the chest.as masasuke is modern andcasey is a classic ninja,it is a major battle of the ages,and abrilliant fight all around,this movie is sometimes compared to ninjaassassin,but the two couldn't be any more different