First Look: Sung Kang in James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin
Ninja Assassin is a project that has quickly gone from nothing to something. It was first announced in February and has quickly risen to the top of my short list of movies in 2009 that I'm really looking forward to seeing. Directed by V for Vendetta's James McTeigue, produced by the Wachowski Brothers, and starring Rain, Rick Yune, Sung Kang, Naomie Harris, and Ben Miles, the film is a kung fu revenge flick about a deadly assassin who must confront the people who raised him. Ninja Assassin is currently shooting in Germany for a January 16th, 2009 release date. SlashFilm has revealed the first few official photos from the film that set the tone and feel of what we can expect next year. For those anxiously looking forward to Ninja Assassin, this is our first glimpse at Rain in action and a few scenes from the film.
Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain), 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. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them… and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing 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. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), 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, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive… and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan. Does Ninja Assassin look good so far?