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Ninja (2009)

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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.

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Isaac Florentine

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Adkins ... Casey Bowman
Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Masazuka
Mika Hijii Mika Hijii ... Namiko Takeda
Todd Jensen ... Det. Traxler
Togo Igawa ... Sensei Takeda
Garrick Hagon ... Professor Garrison
Miles Anderson ... Temple
Valentin Ganev ... Klimitov
Atanas Srebrev ... Detective Vukovich
Fumio Demura ... Shihan Dai
Masaki Onishi Masaki Onishi ... Ryuu
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... Adamovich
Kenji Motomiya Kenji Motomiya ... Akira
Asen Asenov Asen Asenov ... Big armed man
Ivailo Dimitrov Ivailo Dimitrov ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Casey, a Westerner studies Ninjitsu in Japan. And in their Master's possession is an Ninja armor with some legendary weapons which goes to a deserving person. Masazuka, another student thinks he is that person but the Master has an affinity for Casey. One day Masazuka attacks Casey and Casey defends himself scarring Masazuka. Masazuka would be banished. He would then become an assassin, who works for a group criminals called The Ring. Masazuka would return demanding the armor but the Master still refuses. The Master tells Casey and his daughter, Namiko to take the armor to America were it can be kept from Masazuka. After killing the Master, Masazuka follows them to Anmerica and tries to get it. Casey is erroneously arrested for crimes committed by Masazuka. He eventually abducts Namiko and demands turn the armor to him. Casey tells him if he wants he'll have to fight him for it. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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From the shadow of the night, a warrior is born See more »


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Rated R for violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 2009 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nindzsa See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Scott Adkins, Valentin Ganev and Velizar Binev all appeared Together in Undisputed 2: last man Standing another Nu Image Film directed by Issac Florentine, Adkins and Ganev would later Appear in Undisputed III: Redemption and Boyka: Undisputed together. See more »

Goofs

Masazuka faces Casey during their first fight with his bokken in his right hand. This is not correct form when facing an opponent as it precludes rapid drawing of the weapon and striking. The students (including Masazuka) sit correctly at the start of this sequence with the weapon on their right hand side to signal that they do not have hostile intent, whereas Masazuka keeps his weapon in his right hand after rising. This is evident when he must rapidly shift hands before the fight begins. See more »

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Referenced in Not Another Not Another Movie (2011) See more »

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Sweetest Symphony
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Cool and simple.
3 September 2013 | by swedzinSee all my reviews

It has been a long time since I saw some really cool ninja film. Then I saw a title… "Ninja" (2009)… sounds simple… Scott Adkins? Yuri Boyka himself? Well, why the hell not? After hour and a half… wow… I was very delighted and satisfied by this film. I wasn't that much in awe, I was just very delighted. I haven't seen a movie like this in a long time. After all of these old Michael Dudikoff and David Bradley ninja films, finally something new this way comes.

Now, I like this movie because it's cool and simple. Why is that? It's simple because it's not complicated, too much mystical or anything, it just tells you a simple story, a simple story in this low budget action film, there isn't anything special to fulfill you with awesomeness, but I think there's a decent amount of cool action, fighting scenes. And that's what's matter. It's cool because… for example, the ninja costumes. Actually the movie has two costumes, an upgraded, modern day stealth/combat suit, wore by our leading villain Masazuka. And, there's an old school ninja suit, which is the main element in the plot. But that suit was very impressive, good work! Now, let's see… being an low budget action film, don't expect some super script, super plot, or good acting at all. We have Scott Adkins as our hero Casey, who was just great at kicking some ass, Mika Hijii as Namiko, the Casey's love interest and daughter of Casey's dojo master. Tsuyoshi Ihara plays Masazuka. Well, Ihara didn't leave some good impression as a villain… he is just jealous for being expelled from dojo, because he wanted to become a master and best ninja around, but circumstances brought him to the mercenary world. He just… didn't convince me much as a villain, he looked more like a model walking around in cool clothes. We also have Todd Jansen, well known in low budget films. We also have a subplot in the film, it was probably designed for Casey to have something to beat the living daylights out. The subplot is about a small sect leaded by guy named Temple, played by Miles Anderson, who is probably one of the worst actors in the film. I know he is pretty respectable theater actor, but… he is just not convincing. Well, maybe in theaters. The other interesting things are camera work, filming sets, I like the dojo very much, although it's not a real ninjutsu dojo, because, seems to me, that that dojo have more martial arts than one, if you look at the styles, there are definitely Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, etc.

So, overall, I recommend this decent stuff, it's good for action fans and for martial arts movie fans.


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