[review] Ninja Assassin Has The Makings of a Kung Fu Cult Classic…

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Well, damn. As a former martial arts student and Kung Fu aficionado myself, I couldn’t have said ALL of this any better. Haha. McTeigue’s homage to the 80s Black Belt era was right on, and if you didn’t get it, that’s your problem. Thumbs up. 🙂 And by the way, Master of the Flying Guillotine is one of my and Jim’s favorite Kung Fu classic movies of all time. They just don’t make them like that anymore! Roddy Piper’s They Live certainly gets an honorable mention. What a romp! Heheh. ^@@^


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Ninja Assassin Has The Makings of a Kung Fu Cult Classic…

Critics didn’t like Ninja Assassin. But movie critics are dumb. I bet most people aren’t going to like it, either. But they’re not martial arts fans, so what do they know?

I’m going to put my neck on the line and predict that Ninja Assassin will become a martial arts movie cult classic. Yes. A cult classic.

Ok, I said it. Now let me prove why it qualifies.

I, as a Kung Fu, martial arts, action movie fan, liked it very much. And I think if you’re a fan, like me, you’ll enjoy it too:

The plot is simple to follow. This is no Bourne Identity or Matrix. Most Kung Fu movie plots are easy to follow. Many revolve around revenge. Actually, they’re even simpler than that — kicking butt. Ninja Assassin does it very well in classic, one versus an army and WINS fashion! Ip Man did it, Bruce Lee did it, Jet Li did it, The Seven Samurai did it, Rambo did it, and this movie does it. Check One for Martial Arts Cult Classic qualification.

It’s light on witty banter. You won’t find any deep philosophical dialogues or soliloquies here. It’s a martial arts flick, after all. Even Bruce Lee’s movies are light on dialogue — but who cares, right? Check Two for Martial Arts Cult Classic qualification.

The special effects are over the top. (if I could classify it, I’d call it Kung Fu Gore). Aren’t all Kung Fu special effects over the top? Can humans really jump on top of buildings or get cut 6 or 8 times by a sword and continue fighting? This movie had graphic, gory, over the top special effects that worked. I’d even say that the special effects were so over the top, that they were realistic. What do you think really happens when someone chops you with a 6 foot razor blade (also known as a samurai sword)? It ain’t going to be pretty. Check Three for Martial Arts Cult Classic qualification.

The hero wins. All Kung Fu, martial arts, and action movie heroes win. Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Rambo, Bruce Wills, the Karate Kid … They’re immortal! Check Four for Martial Arts Cult Classic qualification.

I enjoyed Ninja Assassin —

Now, before I get slack from movie critics (or your girlfriend) let me repeat … I predict Ninja Assassin will be a cult classic. The key word is cult. This is no Ben-Hur or Gone With The Wind. But they did it right. It had originality, while managing to stick to the martial art fan’s sweet spot.

  • It didn’t overreach and try to be artsy, like The House of Flying Daggers tried to do (this was a pretty movie to watch, but boring as hell).
  • It wasn’t too predictable like a Steven Seagal or JKVD flick, or even a lot of Jet Li’s recent stuff.

And for some reason, while watching this movie, I kept relating it to The Master of the Flying Guillotine? They’re both original. Gimmicky. And had a lot of scenes that are memorable. It’s campy enough to draw in the die-hard fans who’ll watch it over and over again, memorize each scene, and act them out with friends.

Ninja Assassin will be a cult classic

It will be like saying, “I’ll be baaack” from the Terminator. Or re-living the exploding head scene from Scanners (never heard of Scanners with Michael Ironside? You don’t know jack about movies). Or the sun glasses idea from They Live with Rowdy Roddy Piper (Do you want to have a good time with a bunch of your buddies this weekend? Rent They Live and drink your favorite adult beverage — you’ll thank me).

Will Ninja Assassin be today’s The Master of the Flying Guillotine? That’s probably asking too much. But, will it become a cult classic on its own, like Scanners or They Live? I’m putting my money on it.

One last thing — I was impressed how Warner Bros. is promoting this movie, even though it has a heavy Asian cast and the main actor is a non-A-list Asian actor. (Actually he’s non-A-list in America, but happens to be the number one Asian actor/singer/entertainer in all of Asia. His name is Rain. He’s Korean and a hit in Japan, Korea, China, and everywhere. Who knows? He might be the replacement for Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Chow Yun Fat in the U.S.).

You can buy a copy of Ninja Assassin on Amazon.com.

And you might want to check out a copy of Scanners (Michael Ironside, directed by David Cronenberg) and They Live (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, directed by John Carpenter).

~ by Cloud USA on November 26, 2012.

15 Responses to “[review] Ninja Assassin Has The Makings of a Kung Fu Cult Classic…”

  1. when i first saw the poster for the movie,i said to myself wow!


  2. Well, after reading this article I rest my case!! This guy explains exactly why Ninja Assassin will be a classic ninja movie in years to come. I always said that Rain’s performance will become legendary! 😀


  3. great article! He is correct about Ninja Assassin becoming a classic and I was excited to see him mention They Live………it is kinda obscure as far as movies go, because anytime I talk about it I get “crickets” as a response. I always laugh at the part where Roddy Piper and Keith David beat each other up over the sunglasses that reveal the “truth”!


  4. I’m loving this critique…..cult classic indeed!! I’ve seen Ninja Assassin more times than I can count and I’m sure I’ve committed several lines to memory. *SMILES*………………..

    Oh BTW did I see “Scanners” at the end of this post. I remember that movie…it was creepy as hell. People’s heads exploding from someone else’s thoughts. Talk about blast from the past. *SMILES*……………


  5. I finally watched Ninja Assassin for the first time over the holiday weekend and was amazed. It was wonderful to see Rain but at the same time I didn’t even recognize Rain. He was so transformed (physically and mentally) into his role of Raizo it was amazing. I was not watching a singer and dancer playing a martial artist. I WAS watching a martial artist. That was a true martial arts film. Rain’s will to do his best at whatever he does is so deep and profound he always excels. That’s one of the things I admire most about Rain. His deep level of commitment.


  6. FINALLY IS RIGHT! This movie instantly became one of my all time favorites that I can’t get enough of watching.


  7. You are joking …right?! What critics?! That is so unbelievable! lol Ok …having said that, I have found in my lifetime, that I do ‘not’ often agree with critics. I am not certain upon what they base their standards, but I can tell you that it needs some tweaking …or something. Through the years, I have seen too many really awesome movies, get a thumbs down from these so-called critics. So, please tell me something. Who is rating the critics for their absurd performances. lol ….sorry …I get a little salting when people say negative things about our Ji-hoon. Well …actually … very salty. ^_^ I guess that is my Motherly instincts surfacing. I love you Ji-hoonssi!


  8. Well, damn is right. Halleluia, somebody finally got it! What a great review.

    Terri :-}


  9. Haha Stephe,
    I loved your review about Ninja Assassin ‘ s predictions on becoming a cult flick. To bad for the ones who have not realized of such thing, as for me it was since Day 1.
    I own a copy of the flick on DVD, BlueRay and Digital version for LapTop. If I have watched it 78 times, it sounds like a very few. [I must mention it was delivered to my doorstep as b-day present by a good friend. He got me and he knows it]
    Aahhh I have me story about my first encounter with Ninja Assassin. Don’ t I, Terri? … [my sister’ s predictions about me totally liking the movie mainly for “the guy” in it …?]. O, I guess they -my sisters- know me well.


    • Wow, that’s a lot of Ninja Assassin, Adri. I would be enjoying every minute of it too, haha!

      Stephe ^@@^


      • Sometimes I got interrupted when watching, so probably those don´t count hahaha!.

        Confession: I -very much- enjoy watching Lee Joon as well, so. *sigh* it´s candy for the eye, yes.


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