“Ninja Assassin” is just about everything I want in a movie. The title makes it sound like a 70s martial arts throwback, the sort that Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is likely to lift samples from. It is in fact a slick-looking action flick produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers, and directed by “V for Vendetta” helmer James McTeigue. It stars Rain (“Speed Racer“) as Raizo, the world’s deadliest assassin, and this exclusive debut trailer shows us why.
You’ve got swordplay, superhuman acrobatics, a whizzing kusarigama (ie a sickle on a chain), casual blood-letting and many, many, many flying shurikens. The ninja-loving child inside me is screaming for more. Sadly, he — and the rest of you — will have to sit tight until “Ninja Assassin”’s November 25 release.