Scott Adkins gives NINJA ASSASSIN a run for its money! Trailer for Isaac Florentine's NINJA!

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Scott Adkins gives NINJA ASSASSIN a run for its money!  Trailer for Isaac Florentine's NINJA!

Holy crap! Our good friend Mark Pollard over at Kung Fu Cinema just brought my attention to the trailer for Isaac Florentine's Ninja starring the action maestro Scott Adkins and it had me screaming wildly like a school girl at a Jonas Brother concert or a Twilight event. In my previous posts on this film, I been singing the praise of Scott as the future leading Martial Arts star but talk is cheap, action speaks louder than words. Don’t take my word, just watch the trailer and judge for yourself. It easily blew away my already high expectation. If your reading this Isaac or Scott, I salute you sir. Eat your heart out, Rain.

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.

No word yet on a release date. You'll find the trailer embedded below after the break.

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Rhythm-XMay 7, 2009 4:30 AM

That looks like a whole lot of fun. Can't really fairly compare it to NINJA ASSASSIN since that still has no trailer or release date even though it's been test screening and has a poster, though it's the same poster it's had since ComicCon. Nu Image one - Warner Bros. zero.

JustinDMay 7, 2009 5:02 AM

I love myself some Isac Florentine. The man has a particular style that you either love or hate and you can count me on the slobbering fan boy side of things. NINJA looks his most fun film yet - It has a slick look, a fun concept, and most importantly a great physical performer in Scott Adkins. Color me excited!

kungfucinemaMay 7, 2009 5:05 AM

You said it Al. I haven't had a martial arts movie preview get me this jazzed since the ONG BAK 2 Cannes footage surfaced. For those who are familiar with the past work of Adkins and Florentine, this is a huge leap for both of them where their skills are finally beginning to be matched by commensurate production values.

Al YoungMay 7, 2009 6:01 AM

Excuse my overly fanboy-ish reaction but I couldn't help it. When I saw Undisputed 2, I was floored and since then I been converted to the Adkins & Florentine cause. Florentine really understands how to shoot action and he does it better than most A-list Hollywood directors. Not only the fight looks amazing in Ninja but the production value completely surpass my expectation.

Now, not that I have anything against Rain - I seen his stunt/training video and he won me over with his hardwork - but my anticipation for Ninja runs higher than Ninja Assassin because Florentine and Adkins has proven themselves.

iamsheepMay 7, 2009 7:06 AM

Oh so this is a movie about an American...Ninja? hehehehe

BtoFuMay 7, 2009 7:23 AM

Ooooh I just shit my pants! I hope Dudikoff shows up at the end. Looks like big fun.

Agent WaxMay 7, 2009 8:40 AM

Wow. Consider me impressed. They need to work on the sound in the trailer, though.

J HurtadoMay 7, 2009 8:58 AM

Eh. After I watched this I thought immediately of the Double Dragon movie for some reason. Haven't seen any actual footage from Ninja Assassin yet, so I can't compare. I'm less enthusiastic than everyone else. I think the dumb suit turned me off most.

Itto Ogami loses DaigoroMay 7, 2009 9:39 AM

Needs more Sho he still alive? The suits make it look a little bit too superheroey, but I see other commenters have already signed off on the lead and this director plus the trailer gets me interested.

Boogie76May 7, 2009 10:26 AM

I hope this is good and at least somewhat successful so that somebody somewhere will give Scott Adkins a decent movie with a decent budget. (No Wolverine does not count) He is consistently the best part of anything he is in.

Rhythm-XMay 7, 2009 11:57 AM

"Needs more Sho Kosugi…is he still alive?"

Alive, well, and appearing in NINJA ASSASSIN. One day.

axleuMay 7, 2009 2:08 PM

Call me a racist, but...a Caucasian ninja? I just don't buy that kind of stuff. Next!

Should be a funny and cheesy direct to DVD though...

soulreaperMay 7, 2009 2:25 PM

looks awsome can't wait to see it i love NINJA movies

ChevalierAguilaMay 7, 2009 3:15 PM

Looks fun, but in a dumb kind of way. Still willing to give it a chance. Ninja Assasin has more stuff working against it (Rain, the wacho-lucas bros)

M@rcMay 7, 2009 4:32 PM

It looks good. May I complain about the plot though? I know this is a martial arts movie, but does it really have to feature a girl that has to be dragged along and protected as a major part of the plot?

anton_esMay 7, 2009 4:53 PM

boring, i want real ninjas ! the conspiracy - hiding in the shadows - can't be seen - ninjas. not the action spectacle - jump around in NY - ones.

kenshiro7May 7, 2009 7:21 PM

the trailer to...Ninja looks great. Is 2009 the Year of...The Ninja? It would be nice to hear if the film is direct to dvd or...gasp!, gets a theatrical release, in the USA. With Ninja Assassin, G.I. Joe ROC featuring Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, and now Ninja, 2009 could be the best year to be a fan of Shadow Warriors, since the hey day of...Sho Kosugi.

vengerMay 7, 2009 8:30 PM

Just imagine, dudikoff with these production values, way back when. when we were all rooting for him every time he hit another baddie in the face....ah fond memories...

anyways this looks like fun indeed, but i'd have to agree with the comments about the iffy costume, reminds me a bit too much of Casshern which imo isn't a good thing.

snomanMay 7, 2009 9:01 PM

been waiting on this film... finally a trailer yes!!! looks wicked cool to me...

PelleMay 8, 2009 12:05 AM

That looks really bad. And not in a so bad its good way.

MikeOutWestMay 8, 2009 3:08 AM

Looks like a lot of fun, reminds me of the days of David Bradley, Dudikof, Jeff Wincott et al.

JahsoldierMay 8, 2009 3:14 AM

Looks like a really fun film to me. I only hope they keep the usual fast and frequent cuts to a minimum and they could have a winner on their hands.

ChrisPMay 9, 2009 12:15 AM

I used to do some screenwriting a few years back. Twice, I was involved with martial arts flicks and twice I was told that I can't have an Asian protagonist because North American people can't relate to one. At one point, someone even wanted a white guy to play the leader of the Yakuza. So if you're wondering why they can't get an Asian guy, the case may be that the filmmakers are afraid that people won't get into a movie with a Japanese ninja who isn't the villain.

madamecurryMay 9, 2009 1:05 AM

Thanks for the info. I had a sneaking suspicion that might be the case, which is sad really. I feel the opposite, every time I see a white guy being all martial artsy, I just can't believe it, and I'm a white guy. It's too bad N. American film makers who take on the martial arts genre do them selves a dis-service by putting Asians in the roll of the villainous boogyman.

MikeOutWestMay 9, 2009 3:28 AM

Hasn't it ever been so, though? Enter the Dragon gave John Saxon equal billing to Bruce Lee, and during the 80s we had loads of movies where americans got involved in eastern martial arts and mastered them to the beat of a training montage: American Samurai, American Shaolin, King of the Kickboxers, etc. (Americans ninja and Yakuza are at least a bit different). One could argue that Jet Li is the exception but he's appeared as villains as many times as the hero in his western movies.