Ninja Assassin

Theatrical Release: November 25, 2009
Ninja Assassin


Raizo (Rain) is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them…and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Dove Review

It would really be nice to say a few good things about this movie. Okay, some of the martial arts scenes were pretty well done. On the other hand, this film includes a ton of violence and bloody scenes, and it does not come close to being family friendly. Also, the movie includes political murders which are linked to an underground network of assassins and it is easy to get lost if the viewer is not paying close attention.

However, paying close attention results in the viewer seeing a lot of bloody scenes including a character being cut in half and a character’s legs being cut off. So, why not go see “Old Dogs” or “The Blind Side” or even “Planet 51”? These are all Dove “family-approved” movies which have received our Dove Seal and they are currently playing at your local theater. We cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to “Ninja Assassin”.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing; woman and man get a little friendly but the scene is not graphic.
Language: J-2; Ch*ist-2; G/OMG-3; F-13; D-2; S-8; A-1; A few strong words in lyrics of songs.
Violence: A gun is held on man; a character's head is cut in half by a ninja gang (graphic); machine guns and hand guns are fired; bloody bodies; body cut in half; legs cut off a body; some thrown stars kill people; a woman repeatedly attempts to stab a man; a character slices his own hand; more blood is seen; bloody face on a beat-up character; bloody footprints are seen; fights; still more killings; man stabbed in neck; spears thrown at and stick in a car; almost non-stop violence.
Drugs: A man drinks in a limousine; a few drinking scenes; a few smoking scenes; a character smokes a cigar.
Nudity: Shirtless males; a view of bare shoulders of a character in the shower.
Other: A character's urine flow is seen; a tattoo is given to a character; graffiti seen in several places; a lack of respect of some of the characters.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski
Director: James McTeigue
Producer: Grant Hill
Genre: Action
Runtime: 99 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter