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2009’s hit action film Ninja Assassin is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and for Download on Tuesday, March 16 from Warner Bros. Home Video. To purchase, click here.
The filmmakers behind The Matrix and V for Vendetta bring new blood to martial arts movies in this smashing adventure. Korean pop star Rain plays heroic, deadly Raizo. Trained from childhood in the way of the Ozunu Clan ninja, he is stalked by fellow warriors and their dojo patriarch (martial arts legend Sho Kosugi)… and is on the run with a Europol agent (Naomie Harris) who has proof the clan sells assassination services to governments.
Raizo (Rain) is 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 Berlin, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.
Lead actor Rain is a Korean pop star who has quite effectively transformed himself into a most efficient big screen killing machine. Director James McTeigue and producers Andy and Larry Wachowski have succeeded in creating an American ninja movie using fast-paced visuals and hard core, in-your-face fight sequences which are every bit as satisfying as any of Jackie Chan’s early films. Ninja Assassin excels thanks to sophisticated fight choreography and lead actor Rain, who has emerged as a new action star thanks to his performance in this film. Ninja Assassin is a no-holds barred martial arts film which satisfies on a number of levels.
This exciting action film is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and for Download on Tuesday, March 16 from Warner Bros. Home Video. To purchase or to find out more, click here.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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