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Ninja Assassin is a martial arts film directed by James McTeigue and starring Rain. The film was produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers, and filming took place in Berlin, Germanymarker.


Raizo (Rain) is one of the world's deadliest assassins, having been orphaned as a child and raised by the Ozunu Clan, believed by the world to be a myth. When the love of his life is executed by the Clan for betrayal, Raizo begins to harbor resentment towards the Clan. When his first official mission is completed, he is told to execute one of his fellow members for the same reason his lover died. He rebels against them, nearly dying in the process, and goes into hiding, seeking revenge on his former Clan. Meanwhile, Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) is a Europol agent who investigates money linked to political murders and finds that it is linked to the Ozunu Clan. She defies her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), and retrieves secret agency files to find out more. The clan, finding out about the investigation, attempts to assassinate her, but she is rescued by Raizo. Hiding in Berlin, Raizo and Mika must find a way to take down the Ozunu Clan permanently.


  • Rain as Raizo, one of the world's deadliest assassins. Yoon Sungwoong potrays Raizo as a child and Joon Lee potrays teenager Raizo
  • Naomie Harris as Mika Coretti, a Europol agent.
  • Rick Yune as Takeshi, the leader of a team sent by the Ozunu Clan.
  • Ben Miles as Ryan Maslow, Mika's Europol superior.
  • Sho Kosugi plays Lord Ozunu. Leader of the Ozunu Ninja Clan.

Actor Collin Chou was originally cast for an undisclosed lead role after Jet Li turned down an offer, but Chou later left the role.


Ninja Assassin was directed by James McTeigue, and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers. The project was inspired by the ninja scenes featured in the Wachowskis' 2008 film Speed Racer, in which the actor Rain had impressed the Wachowskis with his portrayal as a fighter. The Wachowskis were dissatisfied with the original script, and hired J. Michael Straczynski to write a new draft for the film six weeks before it began production.

Filming began in Berlin, Germanymarker at the end of April 2008. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg provided filmmakers US$1 million in funding, and Germany's Federal Film Fund provided an additional US$9 million to the film's funding. Filming took place in Babelsberg Studiosmarker and on location throughout Berlin.

McTeigue cited various influences in filming Ninja Assassin such as the films Panic in the Streets (1950), The Getaway (1972), Badlands (1973), Ninja Scroll (1993), and the television series Samurai Champloo (2004-2005).



Ninja Assassin has received mostly negative reviews from critics with a rating of 29% from the film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. While critics generally panned the film as a sorry melange of gore scenes without a convincing plot, some still commended the film's numerous action scenes. Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle described the film as "a gorefest, a borefest and a snorefest." Christopher Smith from Week in Rewind wrote, "Whatever the case, McTeigue (as well as the Wachowskis) have really taken a step down with this one. It's a wild mess, and it commits the worst crime a messy film can make--it completely lacks entertainment. It's an overly violent, unintelligible bore." Arguably the only positive review from mainstream media came from Entertainment Weekly's Chris Nashawaty, who wrote "...this slick slice of martial-arts mayhem from the producers of The Matrix is awash in blood. It spurts and sprays in geysers. And it never lets up. There's a brutal (and admittedly very cool) fight scene every five minutes... But let's be honest, killing is this film's business...and business is good." The film received a B+ from users at Yahoo! Movies.



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