Death Strikes Silently From The Fjords! The NORWEGIAN NINJA Trailer Is Here!

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Death Strikes Silently From The Fjords! The NORWEGIAN NINJA Trailer Is Here!
The wait is over. The official theatrical trailer for Thomas Cappelen Malling's Norwegian Ninja - complete with English subtitles - has arrived! Marvel at their fierce skills! Be amazed by their high tech weaponry! Wonder at their intimate communion with nature!

Kommandør Treholt & Ninjatroppen is the true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. The story takes place in the time right before Treholt's arrest on espionage charges in 1984, and reveals a spectacularly different version of our recent past than has been previously known.
The latest from the producer of Dead Snow, this looks to be an even bigger bucket of fun. Check the trailer below!
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Thomas Cappelen MallingMads OusdalJon ØigardenTrond-Viggo TorgersenLinn StokkeActionComedy

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skalkJune 4, 2010 10:52 PM

Ha Ha Ha! Kul Mann!

xinoJune 5, 2010 9:13 AM

the first 5sec was really impressive!
but i don't like the look of this movie:/

looks like some American Ninja movie type in the 70s

skalkJune 5, 2010 9:55 AM

i believe that's the's not meant to be taken serious.

BlakberiJune 5, 2010 10:48 AM

I love the use of miniatures, this looks like a blast

Lord FakenhamJune 5, 2010 1:47 PM

There are so many NORWEGIAN elements in this trailer/film even.. that I dont even know where to begin! I certainly propose that this is the norwegian'est ninja-film of all time! ;D

Ard VijnJune 5, 2010 3:33 PM

This is... genius in so many ways.
And it must be ten times as funny to the Norwegian people, who back in the eighties were confronted with the Arne Treholt affair on a daily basis in the news!

skalkJune 5, 2010 4:33 PM

Haha. I dont know if its funnier for norwegians who will know more about the social/cultural references, of for the rest of the people who probably have their own opinions about the way up in the north little country...

kiltedcueballJune 8, 2010 10:52 PM

Fantastisk! Jeg elsker det. Dette vil være like bra som Cleopatra Schwartz!

jkbertelAugust 14, 2010 6:57 AM

Well, I've seen the film yesterday. Quite cool as a 70's/80's trash parody on anything James-Bondish, Star Wars, and the cold war. You'll enjoy it with some friends and some beers, I'm sure. However, the movie is not the plain, simple beer-with-the-boys fun as, e.g. “Store flate baller” was.

However, the movie gets beyond simple, satiric trash non-sense based on both well-known movie clichees and bits and pieces from recent Norwegian history. It presentes the cold war situation of the early 1980s, where Scandinavians could not really trust on anyone, with the NATO countries creating a "Soviet Submarine" craze to manufacture consent for extended nuclear missile stationing in Europe.
Consequently, Commander Treholt and his ninjas get sucked into a large conspiracy, fighting a secret organization that has its own agenda in the cold war.

Who wouldn't think over the Norwegian borders, e.g. check the NATO's Gladio organization. However, in the Norwegian context, the bad guys are PST, the secret service, who during the cold war constantly was in conflict with democratic boundaries (see Lund commission in the 90's). The movie consequently depicts them as sabotaging their own people for the sake of a larger political agenda.

The movie is rather unusually outspoken over issues than simply are not spoken about in Norway. One of the ninja recruits, being asked by a beautiful woman about why he joined the ninjas, simply replies that he actually is a pacifist, but faces 3 years in prison if he declines his invitation to the Ninjas. Remember that Norway may be the world's best country where it comes to woman quota in corporate boards, and to government-paid for "baby years" - but military service still is based on gender discrimination, where solely men get to enjoy cold winters in the north on government expense.

The film contains numours references to the Norwegian heritage, society, and politics that might be harder to grasp for someone less familiar with history. In one scene, where king Olav shall be kidnapped, a whole loop of wordplay around "evacuation of the king" is played, ending with the order to "evacuate the king, and use any deadly violence necessary if he refuses to be evacuated." Which is a rather nasty joke on the fact that many Norwegians have their own opinion about the royal family being the first to flee the country during the German invasion in World War II.

One philosophical insight, however, sticks. King Olav tells the young recruits the secret of a happy life. It is to follow one's destiny. Enough to create outrage - from the mouth of a king who inherited his job in a society of the "equal" - this statement is amended by these king's words:
"Don't be worried about prison - the only true prison is that of choice." Well, at the end of the movie, one character will be in prison, happily running rounds on a running track under supervision of his prison guards.
Somehow makes you think, next time all those coworkers who never open their mouth in a good norwegian workgroup meeting run off at 4 p.m. to fulfil their pensum in mountain biking, running or nordic skiing....

Gorgeous movie, but Norwegians, be warned, it may contain things you rather wouldn't talk or think about while you're workig out!