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?
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
I could have sworn Donnie Darko's Richard Kelly did Southland Tales...which yes was a terrible movie... I hope this does well...V for Vendetta is still one of my top 5 films...
Maxx on May 30, 2008
theres one problem with your post...which makes me think you really dont know what you are talking about...McTeigue didnt have anything to do with Southland Tales...he has only directed V for Vendetta, The Invasion and now Ninja...anything to say to that Alex?
scotty calahan on May 30, 2008
Hmmm...Not too excited about the plot. Sounds like another Kiss of the dragon type of movie. We'll see...
akumared on May 30, 2008
I'm looking forward to it simply because Naomie Harris is in it. She is hugely under-rated and she will have lots of time to shine in this.
Liam on May 30, 2008
I think you guys missed the part where he mentioned it was Richard Kelly's movie unless it was edited from teh time you said something to the time I read it.
Syko on May 30, 2008
I think he just had Mcteigue on his mind while he was writing the article and he put his name down instead of Kelly's...no harm no foul...just a typo
Maxx on May 30, 2008
yeah, whatever, Ninja Assassin is being made and lets just hope its not another wannabe Jackie chan Jet li movie. Cause thats what we do here in the states, base everything off of a few good performances and then butcher the hell out of it. I hope this doesnt happen to this movie. I know its being filmed in europe but still.
therblig on May 30, 2008
The plot sounds like that douche ridden film Hitman. I say this movie is going to flop hard. The plot is soooo simple... too simple. The wachowskis might need that though. They managed to over complicate speed racer so who knows.
Kent on May 30, 2008
Plot sounds a little cliche but I'll keep an open mind. I'm interested to see whether Rain can pull it off. He never said McTeigue had anything to do with Southland Tales. I'm assuming you misunderstood it. He was referencing to the fact that Richard Kelley's first film, Donnie Darko, was great, but his second one, Southland Tales just plain sucked.
Anthony on May 30, 2008
Anthony dont be a douche...he edited it after we said something...the magic of technology you can cover your mistakes and no one will know except the people who first noticed it...
Maxx on May 30, 2008
Good grief. Naomi Harris will never do a good movie again, will she?
Andrew Wickliffe on May 30, 2008
Stephen Colbert on May 31, 2008
@12 - Hah ha hah...hilarious. I was actually imagining Stephen Colbert yelling Rain's name while I was reading the post.
Reverend on May 31, 2008
Rain looks gay. I don’t see him as a Martial Artist. Maybe a fangirl would love to see him with his shirt off moving around pretending to be a Martial Artist, but he doesn’t fool me. He looks like a gay boy dancer faking it to be a Martial Artist. The movie is gonna suck. Why not have a REAL Martial Artist play a Martial Artist you dumb ass producers ?! Hollywood is so full of shit.
Keanu Reeves on May 31, 2008
Rain as a Ninja ? LOL ROFL
Patricia S on May 31, 2008
sounds pretty exciting and could be bad ass if done correctly, i never liked V for Vendetta the first time around but that was a long time ago and re watched it recently and really enjoyed it. I have faith in the director and lets hope he can pull this off.
Curtis on May 31, 2008
nothing new about the story, but hey nothing new about lots of action movies these days, there's nothing new bout transformer's plot and it's still a blast. i've seen speed and Rain was doing pretty good there. he's tall and all... well, at least seing an asian fighter with equally nice bod like him wont hurt the eyes. i couldnt really get excited watching jacky cahn or jet lee though. good that hollywood finally present a new different actor from asia, they're getting boring these days. it's wachowski after all, we could expect lots of thing. and why a superstar taking the lead role instead of a real martial artist, um.. well like alex said "it'll be hard to truly get excited until we see some footage or a trailer or something"
meriad huston on May 31, 2008
I'm down for anything evenly remotely linked to J. Michael Straczynski. Straczynski is one of my favorite comic authors out there. And that him with the director of V for Vendetta makes me a happy person. The Rain guy looks kinda like a corny goodie twos hoes type, but we'll see.
D on May 31, 2008
Hooray for Rain! Boo to FAKE AZZ Action Flicks (My Fingers Are Crossed) I know there are no relations in directors but if this film is anything like "Wanted" or "Resident Evil 2 & 3" i'm giving up on action films for a LONG LONG while!!! I would rather see a more realistic version of an action drama than watching super human nonsense seen in recent action/martial arts flicks of the past 6 years+ (excluding the Bourne Series)... I truly think realism is much more intriguing to the overall audience because they could recognize and possibly relate to the endless failures at hand in the real world -- and yet still be held captive by the fantasy of inevitable prevalence. It's better than watching the on screen circus today in which we call action cinema. Cheap gun tricks, gravity defying vehicle maneuvers, overdone explosions, unnecessary trapeze flips, shitty sound effects, smart-alick comments, and the continuous (unimaginable) cheating are for the simple minded -_-
Jawbreaker on Jul 4, 2008
sounds interesting...i hope it does well...til the trailer releases, we wont be able to guess more XD
StrandedAngel on Aug 3, 2008
yeah...u juz wait and see guyz...it will be a great movie.. ive seen a lot of rains movie and his a great actor!...his a great singer and actor as well...better watch his other movies....okay!.. *_*
lai back on Jan 5, 2009
Southland Tales isn't a terrible movie. I saw a screener of this: it was terrible. On pretty much all levels.
frank on Mar 19, 2009
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