Ninja Assassin Plot Details Finally Revealed
by Alex Billington
May 30, 2008
We've mention Ninja Assassin quite a bit previously, but now we've got some new details. Initially announced without a plot synopsis at all, Ninja Assassin is V for Vendetta director James McTeigue's next film being shot in Germany over the next few months. Now we've got a full synopsis and more details - finally! Korean pop star Rain stars as Raizo, and is joined by Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rick Yune and legendary martial arts performer Sho Kosugi. The rumor initially was that Ninja Assassin was a remake of Ninja Scroll, but alas that's not the case. The real story is a modern-set martial arts extravaganza, of sorts.
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.
This actually sounds pretty exciting. I'm one of those big supports of V for Vendetta - I believe it's a brilliant film on quite a few levels, but that's partially a testament to the performances of Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving. McTeigue's work on The Invasion wasn't that great and I'm wondering whether he can pull off another brilliant film the second time around. We all saw what happened with Richard Kelly's second film Southland Tales. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that V for Vendetta wasn't a one-time thing.
I still am looking forward to Ninja Assassin quite a bit, but it'll be hard to truly get excited until we see some footage or a trailer or something. It has an interesting story, but we really need to get a sense of the look and visual style first. Will it be hyper-realistic? Will it be mostly CGI and green screen or will it be shot practically? There are still a lot of questions still to be answered, but I will say this definitely sounds very promising so far. Is anyone else looking forward to Ninja Assassin as well?