Must Watch: Badass Trailer for Isaac Florentine's Ninja
While we're waiting for Warner Brothers to release the first trailer for James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin, our friends on the web have dug up one of the most badass trailers for another ninja movie that we didn't know even know existed. This one is simply called just Ninja and the trailer for it kicks some serious ass. This stars Scott Adkins, a stunt actor who physically played Weapon XI in the recent X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sure, it may not be as polished as a Hollywood movie, but it still looks pretty damn fun, to say the least, and I can't wait to see it. The trailer takes a little while to get going, but by the end it kicks ass!
Watch the early promo trailer for Ninja:
A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
Ninja is directed by Isaac Florentine, of numerous straight-to-video titles and other films like Desert Kickboxer and Bridge of Dragons. The story was written by Boaz Davidson, a producer and TV movie writer, and the screenplay was co-written by Boaz Davidson & Michael Hurst. The film is a Nu Image / Millennium Films production. Ninja doesn't have a distributor in the US yet, but I'm sure it will soon. Look good?
Reader Feedback - 77 Comments
the acting looks terrible even if the action does look semi-decent, a la "Highlander" the tv series.
LINKFX on May 10, 2009
i fell asleep watching this. it's batman from asia.
badass trailer? on May 10, 2009
who the fuck watches ninja movies for acting that's like watching romantic comedies for action lol
nelson on May 10, 2009
I really dont know why people put so much emphasis on these straight fun action movies....This looks great and the last time I checked action movies did need Oscar winning performances...lighten up a bit
Primo1 on May 10, 2009
is anyone else reminded of the power rangers movie?
Epic on May 10, 2009
great fun. like b grade remo unarmed and dangerous from the 80's.bring it...but only 0.578 % of people will see this. and that is being generous.
bassbin on May 10, 2009
qweqwu on May 10, 2009
# 3 has a point The movie still looks bad though
Victor on May 10, 2009
Since when do ninjas use semi-automatic weapons?
Fuelbot on May 10, 2009
@3 Ther is a differance between passable and terrible.
sumonesumtime on May 10, 2009
"This stars Scott Adkins, a stunt actor who physically played Weapon XI in the recent X-Men Origins: Wolverine." I really wish that didn't happen and Ryan was the one that continued the job.
Fisherr on May 10, 2009
This movie looks good not.
Derek on May 10, 2009
We don't need an 80's corny B ninja movie. Which is exactly what this is. See American Ninja for an example. How many movies starring martial art stunt doubles are good quality films? None.
Brandon on May 10, 2009
allen sharpe on May 10, 2009
I know that this looks extremely bad. But hey, at least its a not a goddamn reboot or adaptation.
PJ H on May 10, 2009
Not badass, more BAD trailer...if the movies isn't 4 to 5 hours long, we've already seen everything of it... Look like cool 80's ninja film though...
Tschai on May 10, 2009
this looks great! The director also did U.S. Seals II which had a squad of navy seals attacking an island leaking volitile explosive gas, so they could only use hand to hand combat (and a paint ball gun that fired acid filled paint balls) to kill the endless hordes of bad guys. Literally EVERY movement the actors made was overdubbed with chop socky 'woosh' sound effects, i mean just turning their head in a dialogue scene had the exaggerated 'woosh!' you would normally get from a punch or something! The action choreography was brilliant, a good time was had by all, a perfect example of a silly B grade action movie.
chris on May 10, 2009
oh, he also did 'Undisputed II' which was really, really good and had Michael Jai White vs Scott 'Joel from Eastenders' Adkins
chris on May 10, 2009
A white ninja romantically involved with a beautiful Japanese woman, every wapanese's fantasy.
Name (required) on May 10, 2009
The ninja suits remind me of something from Mortal Kombat.
Ben on May 10, 2009
Hasn't Hollywood figured out yet that, we dont wanna see Caucasian actors playing roles for Asians...?
Roderick on May 10, 2009
Ok trailer bad.. but choreography good..
Krasimir on May 10, 2009
go back like 3 or 4 trailers on the list to Merantau and you'll see something worthy of a trip to the theater.
dude on May 10, 2009
Skip this.... Where's my damn trailer for Ninja Assasin?!?!
teyhtr on May 10, 2009
*yawn* i too almost fell asleep during it. glad I'm not the only one. looks like a decent movie overall though. just a really awful trailer.
dave13 on May 10, 2009
#20: Mortal combat.........or fuckin power rangers lol. this is one of the most ridiculous concepts ive heard, its too easy to make a movie these days.
Epic on May 10, 2009
This doesnt even have a 'so bad its good' cheap ass martial flicks vibe about it like back in the 80s! lol
Tedious Ted on May 10, 2009
This looks more lame than badass..
xMort on May 10, 2009
It's the Karate Kid grown up. Awww
LSP on May 10, 2009
This just looks like abit of fun! I'M GAME
SLee on May 10, 2009
It's got fighting, it's got chases, it's got a secret society of evildoers, it's got a pretty girl tied up, it's probably a movie I'll go see. Might have a couple of drinks first to make sure it seems better than it is though.
Johnny M on May 10, 2009
there only one set of ninjas i a, waiting for , there green, and the will beat the hell out of every ninja in this movie
splinter on May 10, 2009
This looks incredibly stupid. It's like every C-grade karate movie from the 80s with a slightly higher budget. No thanks.
RC on May 10, 2009
First to Alex, The film doesn't have a polished look? Most asian cinema doesn't have a polished look at all. Most of them have terrible lighting and sound and even some of their bigger productions still suffer from too much film grain and poorly implimented CGI. So I see this film staying in the tradition of asian cinema. As for people saying it looks like Power Rangers Go look at Isaac Florentine's background and you'll find a mess of Power Ranger episodes that he directed going all the way back to 1996 when Might Morphin Power Rangers first hit the scene in America. It's obvious where his influences lie and that's what's going to either sell this film to you or make you hate it. Personally I'm sold. Oh and for everyone saying they're tired of seeing Caucasian actors in roles that should go to Asians... shut up. Scott Adkins is of Spanish descent.
Kent on May 10, 2009
That ain't no Ryu Hayabusa
NeoSlyfer on May 10, 2009
Don't get me wrong, i think this film looks like it will be nothing if not lame with aspects such as acting, plot, dialogue and such but i would be willing to watch it as i think some of the action looks decent. Plus as a fellow Brit i feel like i am compelled to support Mr. Adkins all the way.
spect8re on May 10, 2009
WTF?! Why is a white looking dude playing a Ninja? And when was this filmed? 1991? This looks like udder crap. I could shoot a better movie with my brothers kids. And they are all under the age of 14. This is shitty! WOW! I am now sad.
AllmightyKeim on May 10, 2009
point 3 agree - storyline/acting is moot - u dont watch this for that. that should be clear upon watching the trailer.. going to watch it for the action and fight cherography alone - movies with solid martial arts action are few or have few fight scenes in them.
ek on May 10, 2009
boring!! I think I played this game already.
Last Son on May 10, 2009
Wow people, calm down. Everyone gets so whiny on this site. Who really cares? It could suck, or it could be a fun watch. Some trailers make a movie look worse, and sometimes it makes it look better. Im not going to judge till I see it.
In Soviet Russia, Comment Pwn You on May 10, 2009
Is stereotype kind of movie, do watch any previous ninja or samurai or related with any Japanese culture there will be hero not a Japanese but the chick and bad guys will always the Japanese!
Jepf on May 10, 2009
were you high or something when you decided that this was a "Must Watch: Badass Trailer"? or are you taking bribes?
DoomCanoe on May 10, 2009
For a crappy action movie, this doesn't look so bad. But the set design looks so...fake, one can tell they filmed all the nyc scenes on a set lot.
Matt Suhu on May 10, 2009
This is cool! It's a Ninja flick with a B-movie grade that will probably go straight to DVD. It would be awesome if this flick DOES get a theatrical release. This will put director Isaac Florentine on the map and give Scott Adkins the attention he deserves! Florentine has worked with Van Damme before on last year's "The Shepherd: Border Patrol" which was one of Van Damme's better recent straight-to-DVD flicks!!
Spider on May 10, 2009
The material isn't strong.. but the director has his heart in the right place. You can tell he had a lot of fun making this movie. The trailer looks like fun. But I must admit I really loved the old Ninja films so perhaps some sentiment plays into it. I'm sure the only thing director Isaac Florentine wants out of this is to give the audience a fun time.
SS on May 10, 2009
Everything looks straight of the 90s, from the set, costumes and premise (traditional ninja vs tech ninja). Probably something I'd watch on tv if I were 12 again.
CK on May 10, 2009
Alex, I usually agree with your opinions on most movies. But I think you got a little too excited after watching this trailer. Perhaps you should watch it a few more times, to get a better idea of what you really think about it. Although it does look somewhat interesting (the concept on a modern ninja wearing bullet-proof armor is kinda cool), the trailer itself was pretty terrible, I mean "it was true then and there..." who the hell thought to say that? that sounds terrible? I realize it set up the "here and now" a few seconds later, but the first part of it just sounds really weird. It's a poor trailer for probably a poor trailer. Definitely NOT BAD-ASS in my opinion.
jman571 on May 10, 2009
I think it looked awesome! Sure it looks like it was made in the 90's but its NINJAS!! They are supposed to be cheesy and having a white guy playing the lead makes it more cheesy but cool in a weird way 😀
Martin on May 11, 2009
haha, so not watching this
Tom on May 11, 2009
Wow, that was awful. God really really awful. Looks almost as bad as Metal Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBv91wC_qHo
Smiffy1 on May 11, 2009
can you say: Ninja Gaiden black XBOX360
Lazarus on May 11, 2009
Wow this NINJA movie makes the THE PUNISHER look like IRON MAN. Can we get the trailer for NINJA ASSASSINS quick before this movie ruins it! ALex you should be ashamed of yourself!
dee on May 11, 2009
Stan 'The Viewers Choice' Morrow (Facebook me!) on May 11, 2009
Alex I think that you show way too much interest when you really shouldn't. The movie doesn't look bad but it's not the "Badass trailer" that you described. I think it's funny that you show so much excitement for shit movies. A simple description of how you found the trailer would have been good. Didn't have to get me excited to see it and be disappointed.
DJ Sil3nt on May 11, 2009
Looks like crap, and you use the term "Bad Ass" for movies that are actally bad ass and also for movies like this that look like crap. For a movie like this you should say something like "B-Movie Spectacular".
Jim on May 11, 2009
It looks like a movie that should have been named "Ninja Up 2 The Streets". But damn, those are some kicks ass ninja moves!
F.C. on May 11, 2009
Rather than wasting 90 minutes of your life watching mediocre crap, how 'bout reading a book? And Alex, You are a film critic. You make your money off of other peoples work. You have no one to answer to when you go off or on a film. Junkets, cash, caps, t-shirts... I think you have put yourself in a position to be challenged by your readers. You have a right to put an opinion out. But, you should be held accountable.
Spike Murdock, Poet-at-Large on May 11, 2009
Alex, I agree with you. I think this movie looks pretty good.
Jeremy on May 11, 2009
meeeeeeh mk smoke! fatality
rolf on May 11, 2009
i hate honkeys that do karate.. i cant get segal outta my head when i saw this.. it looks sik though
mochonko on May 11, 2009
this looks like a epic pile of shit
th3thirdman on May 11, 2009
God, please tell me the 80's ninja films are coming back.
wm on May 11, 2009
This did remind me of a higher-polished Van Damme thingy...but even they could be enjoyable. What really killed this trailer, though, was the MUSIC! It was just terrible...with a better soundtrack, this would be twice as good. Everything can't be an A movie, people...sometimes a good B flick is damn fun!
kitano0 on May 11, 2009
This movie looks pretty lame no big name actors or anything the fighting doesn't look that great either.
Trevor on May 12, 2009
Why's everyone insulting it by saying it looks like the '90's? The '90's were a hell of a lot better than the"Aughts" in just about every way I can think of. Are people mad that he's not fighting some computer generated monster or something. Fight in the subway car looks good to me.
Johnny M on May 12, 2009
You're all a bunch of dumbasses, This man Alex is right, its a "throwaway B-movie about ninjas " it looks total 80's with some modern choreography (most of you f@cks complaining about the choreography probably couldnt do 10 push ups in a half hour so what the hell would you know?) and some modifications to old classics..looks like fun for funs sake.
lando on May 12, 2009
Guns and swords and explosions. What more do you need? #67, you nailed it. The complainers sit at home connected with their headsets and collectively jack off while watching Hentai. This movie is fine. I'll get some Hot 'n Ready's with my friends and watch this while we all get smashed. It'll be fun.
Ariel on May 13, 2009
I could whip everyone in this movie because I have a bear suit and practice Karate and chop people frequently!! Might see this on a Matinee
Bryan on May 13, 2009
Film Location Bulgaria ! This movie will be shit for sure !
Flame on May 16, 2009
Looks Like Crap Crap Crap Crap Crap... can't wait!
NINJA ENTHUSIAST on May 17, 2009
Come on critic wanna be's, it looks like what it is intended to be, a Fun to watch film that will make your brain forget about your miserable life's problems for an hour and a half while you either eat some popcorn or drink your self silly. All this other BS about choreography and acting !!!! you want to see acting go see the slumlords oscar winning movie of boredom and get your acting fix and leave this fun B movie to the rest of us. #67 and #68, could not agree with you more.
Praying Mantis Master on May 21, 2009
what the hell. i'm watching it anyway.
Case on May 26, 2009
they were training like samuri
thiago on May 27, 2009
This looks like Bloodsport 3 crossed with American ninja 4! And thats NOT a good thing! lol haha did somebody say Power Rangers?? TRUE!!!
vegasdanny on Jun 2, 2009
Yeah, it looks that Scott has a movie made for show his acrobatic skills and his kicks. It looks like a good action movie. People who say that it's gonna be hilarious could shut up and watch it =D And after, they could watch Undisputed II and all the other Scott movies, I think that they change they minds http://www.scottadkins.com.
CaNGuRu on Jun 28, 2009
fuck the hataz this movie looks sick!
Trouble! on Dec 4, 2009
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