First Look: Sung Kang in James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin

June 16, 2008
Source: SlashFilm

First Look: Rain 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.

The first two photos show actors Sung Kang and Togo Igawa and the last one shows Naomie Harris and Ben Miles.

Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin

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?

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The pictures alone speak for the movie itself...dumb.

Matt Suhu on Jun 16, 2008


Way too early to tell. Frankly I'm not impressed, but I'm sure it will be cool. The only problem I have with this movie is that it sounds EXACTLY like that AWFUL movie Hitman. The plot just does not interest me at all.

Kent on Jun 16, 2008


The guy on the pic is not Rain, is Sung Kang.

mm on Jun 16, 2008


Naomi Harris... Does she ever do good movies anymore?

Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 16, 2008


That guy doesn't look like RAIN..

Kento on Jun 16, 2008


Looks like a TV movie - poor quality.

Dom on Jun 16, 2008


Is it me or does this look like another Fast and Furios Tokyo Drift PART TWO... HAHAHA

THERBLIG on Jun 16, 2008


Stephen Colbert will NOT aprove of this film.

Ajax on Jun 16, 2008


DAMMIT AJAX! Beat me to it! hehe.

Garrett.king on Jun 18, 2008


To Whom It may Concern, The Tatoo Master is played by RANDALL DUK KIM. This actor is awesome so people should know that he is in this movie! he played the Keymaker in MATRIX RELOADED. Please make the correction. Thanks, Annie

Annie on Aug 5, 2008


hmm.... sung kung.... like the actor

cristina on Dec 28, 2008


Ninja Assassin sounds terrible. The plot seems too familiar, and Rain clearly has no acting ability. Pass.

Jeremy on Oct 24, 2009


i like the's just that there are to much blood in it...i mean its not realistic in a way...but still it's an awesome movie....Asian actors are really amazing

emeraude on Dec 16, 2009


This movie was really well made the main character had to work his ass off to make this film lively (look at his stunt moves!) all the other characters seem to do fine on their acting, I don't know why everyone is complaining about... There are other movies that are way poorer than this. The ACTING (i mean as stunt moves) were A+++, the story was okay. I really thought this movie was one of the best that i have ever watched in Action genre.

michelle on Dec 25, 2009


This movie sucked big time. The action sequences were lame and poorly directed. Not to mention, the story was just dull and the acting was amateur. It doesn't help that Rain is a scumbag. "Rain and JYP were ordered to pay $2.4 million each in punitive damages, $1 million for damages related to the fraud, and $2.3 million for breach of contract."

Tom on May 1, 2010

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