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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss {{ninja}} who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'') from a script by JMichaelStraczynski.

As a small child, Raizo is taken in by Ozunu Clan. The head of the clan, Lord Ozuno, takes in orphan children and makes them go through brutal training in order to become lethal assassins. Many years later, Raizo has left his clan and is now being hunted down for his betrayal. He enlists the help of Europol researcher Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris), who has been investigating political assassinations caused by ninja, to put an end to the Ozunu clan once and for all.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: All of them, but especially the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoketsu-shoge kyoketsu-shoge]], cutting clean through arms and legs like butter.
** The kyoketsu-shoge also ''triples'' up as an EpicFlail and PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.
* {{Acrofatic}}[=/=]{{Kevlard}}: Fat guy that Raizo attempts to assassinate puts up quite a fight.
* ActionSurvivor: Mika. She works for Europol, but as a research librarian; and even if she ''was'' a trained field agent, that might not serve her very well against ninjas.
-->'''Raizo:''' "A gun won't help you."\\
'''Mika''', freaking out: "Well I don't have a lot of options, okay? I mean, I once took a taebo class, but that is the extent of my kung fu abilities, alright??"
* ActorAllusion: One scene has Raizo replicate the "Let's go!" head-cock gesture he once did as [[Film/SpeedRacer Taejo.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: The commandos from Europol learn the hard way that modern body-armor is not rated against katanas or shuriken.
** TruthInTelevision: Kevlar-oriented armor is not very effective at stopping edged weapons. Additionally, any armor that ''does'' protect against blades is designed with knives, not full-on swords, in mind.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted. Raizo tries, but he's nearly killed by the clan.]]
* AmbiguousSyntax: The title of the film. Does it refer to a ninja who is an assassin or an assassin who kills ninjas? [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes]].
* AncientConspiracy: Ninjas have been around for centuries and will offer their services to anyone who can pay their fee (100 pounds of gold). They take in orphans off the streets and put them through strict [[TrainingFromHell training regimens]] to turn them into killing machines. They have been employed by the wealthy and powerful and have eyes and ears in every government agency in the world.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Lord Ozunu is a much tougher opponent for Raizo than the other ninja
** Same goes for Mika's Europol superior who twice survives a fight with the ninjas when most of his men don't.
* BadAss: Raizo
* BadassInDistress: Raizo. A few times, he has been captured and tied up, with Mika saving him JustInTime.
* BerserkButton: Murder or attempt to murder a female that Raizo has grown to care about. Just try it.
* BigBad: Lord Ozunu
* BigDamnHeroes: The Europol forces to set up the final showdown.
** Earlier in the film, [[NeutralFemale Mika]] via CarFu.
* {{Bishonen}}: The movie stars ''Rain''.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Averted
* CallingTheOldManOut: Raizo does this to Lord Ozunu in the middle of their FinalBattle.
-->'''Raizo:''' I am ''not'' your son, and you are ''not'' my father.
* CastingGag: Raizo is played by Rain, [[KoreanPopMusic Korean pop star]].
-->'''Agent:''' He doesn't ''look'' like a killing machine. Looks like he belongs in a boy band!"
** Which is a case of FridgeBrilliance: Ninjas are supposed to look like anything ''but'' killing machines, so that they can approach their target and flee more easily afterwards.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Anatomy]]: [[spoiler: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situs_inversus "accident of birth"]] that the old man in the first scene mentions ends up being what saves Mika in the end.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Deployed during the intro. A few delayed munitions go off over the remainder of the film.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: While none of the battles are easy, one-on-one fights tend to be just as difficult.
* ContractOnTheHitman: The Ozunu Clan made a grave mistake putting one of these on Raizo.
* CoolOldGuy: Lord Ozunu.
* CoolVsAwesome: At the end, we get ninjas versus commandos.
* DarknessEqualsDeath: The ninja are nearly invincible if it's dark enough, gaining apparent teleportation powers. And ''everyone'' is GenreSavvy about this; the first thing Mika does when she gets home after learning of the clans is turn on ''all'' of her lights, and the first thing [[spoiler:Europol does when they play BigDamnHeroes is shine spotlights all over the clan's headquarters and light it on fire]].
** This is one of the clues to Mika when she interviews a Russian agents' sister about her brother. She mentions that he got really paranoid in his last days and installed floodlights throughout the house. Too bad he didn't think to install a backup generator.
* DeadpanSnarker: Raizo at times.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The idiots who get killed in the tattoo parlor at the beginning of the movie are not missed.
* DoubleWeapon: Takeshi's sword can become one of these at his pleasure.
* TheDragon: Takeshi to Lord Ozunu.
* DualWielding: Many of the ninjas do this in the movie. Raizo does it at then end.
* DynamicEntry: With a [[CarFu car.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Ninja Assassin who assassinates ninjas.
* FakeNationality: In case anyone missed it, we have a Korean pop idol as a Japanese ninja.
** Though, not necessarily. There's a caucasian boy and a young black women seen in the clan's training facility. The implication being that orphans from any nationality and background can be taken.
** Though this could be another case fo FridgeBrilliance as Ninjas of a specific race could eventually become recognizable and Ninjas of the same race as the target could blend in more then just a clan of japanese assassins
* FinalBattle: A full battalion of Europol Commandos against a ninja clan.
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Raizo has been captured and taken to the secret ninja temple, but secretly he has a GPS tracking device in his gut, alerting the good guys to the temple's location. The ninjas discover the device, and after that the temple is attacked.
* FlashStep: Used in the final battle.
* FoodChainOfEvil: Possibly a non-fantasy example, seeing as Raizo, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
* GenreSavvy: Raizo. And Europol, at least after their first encounter.
* {{Gorn}}
* GoryDiscretionShot: Surprisingly. Once when [[spoiler:Kiriko is put to death.]] Also subverted towards the end, when they switch to heat vision as one guy dies.
* GunsAreWorthless: Mostly played straight, especially when ninjas have shadows handy. Many are shown to be able to dodge bullets. Averted at the end, however, [[spoiler: once Europol storms the ninja school and breaks out the heavy machine guns, body armor (which ninja weaponry can still get through), rockets, and floodlights.]]
** [[spoiler: Played very straight when Mika puts two pistol rounds into Ozuna's back, and the only thing it does is piss him off.]]
* HealingFactor: A power of Ozunu Clan ninjas. We're shown a demonstration of Lord Ozunu cutting his hand open and it healing in the space of a few seconds, and later [[spoiler:Raizo closes up deep, wide, and long lacerations all over his chest and stomach apparently through sheer force of will]].
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: The movie featured multiple people with the medical condition Dextrocardia situs inversus, which occurs in approximately 1 in 12,000 people. In an inversion of both normal human anatomy and this trope, their hearts were tilted towards the ''right'' side of the chest, which saves each of them when a ninja tries to stab them in the heart.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Europol agent Maslow is Patrick from ''{{Coupling}}''.
** The tattoo artist is [[Film/TheMatrix the keymaker]].
** Raizo is [[Film/SpeedRacer Taejo Togakan]].
* HotLibrarian: Mika says that her job description, 'Forensic Researcher', is just a fancy way of calling her a librarian.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: Raizo's response to the ContractOnTheHitman placed on him.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Raizo's kyoketsu-shoge.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja
* KillEmAll: The Ozunu Clan's MO when it comes to assassinations, presumably to get rid of witnesses. If you're allied with or even just in the same room as the target, you're going to die in a messy fashion.
* LikeASonToMe: Lord Ozunu sees all of the orphans his clan brings in like this, but especially Raizo, who he was grooming to replace him.
** In their final battle, Raizo tells him off (see CallingTheOldManOut). That was the last thing Ozunu heard, which must hurt him more than Raizo's blades.
* LostLoveMontage: Several featuring Kiriko and Raizo.
* LoveInterest: Kiriko.
* MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay: Could be averted or subverted depending on how you look at it. There very well could be people that can move that damn fast and make themselves practically invisible ''via'' training. Or it's just a stylistic choice.
* MasterOfYourDomain: How Raizo survives the hideous injuries he keeps sustaining.
* MenOfSherwood: Europol
* MightyGlacier: With none of the TrainingFromHell or close-range weaponry, the Europol forces come off like this in their final showdown; the ninjas obviously acting more like FragileSpeedster types.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: How Europol beats the ninjas.]]
* MrFanservice: Have we mentioned that Raizo is played by ''Rain''?!
* MugglesDoItBetter: This film show that the ninja's powers can achieve some impressive feats. Surviving bullets isn't one of them.
* NeutralFemale: Subverted, since Mika manages to save Raizo's ass [[CarFu several]] [[BigDamnHeroes times.]]
** Even then, it's justified since, in this movie, {{ninja}}s > {{bookworm}}s.
* NonActorVehicle: This movie was a vehicle for Korean pop star, Rain.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Played straight to the point of {{Deconstruction}}. The ninjas can teleport via shadows, but [[MenOfSherwood Europol]] ''[[GenreSavvy realizes]]'' this, and use floodlights to deprive the ninjas of this advantage. Of course, the ninjas are aware of this weakness, so they usually cut the power (or break the light bulbs) before attacking anyone.
* OldMaster: Lord Ozunu
* OneManArmy: Raizo
* OnlyAFleshWound: Raizo repeatedly, even with a cut through his intestines and multiple lacerations and deep, bloody wounds on his legs, he can move... however, this may be justified with his TrainingFromHell.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: All of the ninja are supposedly Japanese, which makes the hodgepodge of Asian accents quite hilarious, [[{{Narm}} sometimes a little too much so]].
** Not all of the children shown are Asian, which makes me think that they abduct children from all over the world. Logically, it would make sense so that they would have agents to blend in for any given nation. You know, as much as logic has anything to do with this film...
*** And eventually, if you're living in one country all your life and rarely practicing your native language, it goes all to hell.
* RasputinianDeath: See the OneSceneWonder.
* RealityEnsues: The ninjas kill everything that get in their way without the slightest bit of difficulty... right up until they lose the advantages of surprise and darkness and have to fight men with automatic weapons.
* RedShirtArmy: Europol comes across as this for most of the movie, especially in their first fight against the ninjas where they're horribly outmatched.
* RockBeatsLaser: Or in this case Ninja weapons beat modern solders (but to be fair the ninjas did have the darkness and surprise on their side.), then came round two where said soldiers brought out bigger guns and flashlights then we started seeing an even fight.
* RRatedOpening: The opening is a ClusterFBomb, and the rest of the movie has relatively little cursing. The opening is also quite easily the goriest part, being one of the only bits where the gore goes beyond simple limb removal.
* RuleOfCool
* SadisticChoice: Lord Ozunu presents Raizo with one.
* SedgwickSpeech: Invoked in the RRatedOpening when the Yakuza hoodlums scoff the old man's claims about ninjas.
* SequelHook: This movie revolves around dealing with a ninja clan. Mika says there are nine clans in total...
** Other clan members might have escaped and will likely seek revenge against Raizo.
* ShirtlessScene: Raizo gets several. It's only natural that he does.
* ShownTheirWork: The woman at the laundromat who turns out to be a ninja becomes a little less random when you consider that this is how the traditional ''kunoichi'' works, eschewing the black suit and mask for [[HiddenInPlainSight Hiding In Plain Sight]].
* SlowMotionDrop: The tattoo artist drops his needle when he sees the black sand.
* SoftWater: The body of water Raizo jumps into from the roof of a tall building to escape his newly hostile clan.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:The hero's love interest is killed off so he's got something to angst about]].
** Raizo stuffs a female assassin in the washing machine.
* TakeOffYourClothes
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Done by Raizo in the final battle.
* TrainingFromHell: All ninjas are trained this way. Includes MasterOfYourDomain.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Raizo
* TykeBomb: All the orphaned ninja.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Mika/Raizo
* WeaponOfChoice: Raizo favors a kyoketsu-shoge.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Raizo turns on his clan when asked to kill a girl we've never seen before. He refuses but doesn't get a chance to save her as he almost dies in the ensuing fight. Presumably she was executed later but she is not shown or mentioned again after the fight starts.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Raizo has a moment like this with Kiriko when he tells her he has no heart. She tells him he has one and it misses him.
* XMeetsY: ''Aliens'' meets [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninjas!]]

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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss {{ninja}} who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'') from a script by JMichaelStraczynski.

As a small child, Raizo is taken in by Ozunu Clan. The head of the clan, Lord Ozuno, takes in orphan children and makes them go through brutal training in order to become lethal assassins. Many years later, Raizo has left his clan and is now being hunted down for his betrayal. He enlists the help of Europol researcher Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris), who has been investigating political assassinations caused by ninja, to put an end to the Ozunu clan once and for all.
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!!This film provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: All of them, but especially the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoketsu-shoge kyoketsu-shoge]], cutting clean through arms and legs like butter.
** The kyoketsu-shoge also ''triples'' up as an EpicFlail and PrecisionGuidedBoomerang.
* {{Acrofatic}}[=/=]{{Kevlard}}: Fat guy that Raizo attempts to assassinate puts up quite a fight.
* ActionSurvivor: Mika. She works for Europol, but as a research librarian; and even if she ''was'' a trained field agent, that might not serve her very well against ninjas.
-->'''Raizo:''' "A gun won't help you."\\
'''Mika''', freaking out: "Well I don't have a lot of options, okay? I mean, I once took a taebo class, but that is the extent of my kung fu abilities, alright??"
* ActorAllusion: One scene has Raizo replicate the "Let's go!" head-cock gesture he once did as [[Film/SpeedRacer Taejo.]]
* ArmorIsUseless: The commandos from Europol learn the hard way that modern body-armor is not rated against katanas or shuriken.
** TruthInTelevision: Kevlar-oriented armor is not very effective at stopping edged weapons. Additionally, any armor that ''does'' protect against blades is designed with knives, not full-on swords, in mind.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler:Subverted. Raizo tries, but he's nearly killed by the clan.]]
* AmbiguousSyntax: The title of the film. Does it refer to a ninja who is an assassin or an assassin who kills ninjas? [[MathematiciansAnswer Yes]].
* AncientConspiracy: Ninjas have been around for centuries and will offer their services to anyone who can pay their fee (100 pounds of gold). They take in orphans off the streets and put them through strict [[TrainingFromHell training regimens]] to turn them into killing machines. They have been employed by the wealthy and powerful and have eyes and ears in every government agency in the world.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Lord Ozunu is a much tougher opponent for Raizo than the other ninja
** Same goes for Mika's Europol superior who twice survives a fight with the ninjas when most of his men don't.
* BadAss: Raizo
* BadassInDistress: Raizo. A few times, he has been captured and tied up, with Mika saving him JustInTime.
* BerserkButton: Murder or attempt to murder a female that Raizo has grown to care about. Just try it.
* BigBad: Lord Ozunu
* BigDamnHeroes: The Europol forces to set up the final showdown.
** Earlier in the film, [[NeutralFemale Mika]] via CarFu.
* {{Bishonen}}: The movie stars ''Rain''.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Averted
* CallingTheOldManOut: Raizo does this to Lord Ozunu in the middle of their FinalBattle.
-->'''Raizo:''' I am ''not'' your son, and you are ''not'' my father.
* CastingGag: Raizo is played by Rain, [[KoreanPopMusic Korean pop star]].
-->'''Agent:''' He doesn't ''look'' like a killing machine. Looks like he belongs in a boy band!"
** Which is a case of FridgeBrilliance: Ninjas are supposed to look like anything ''but'' killing machines, so that they can approach their target and flee more easily afterwards.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Anatomy]]: [[spoiler: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Situs_inversus "accident of birth"]] that the old man in the first scene mentions ends up being what saves Mika in the end.]]
* ClusterFBomb: Deployed during the intro. A few delayed munitions go off over the remainder of the film.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: While none of the battles are easy, one-on-one fights tend to be just as difficult.
* ContractOnTheHitman: The Ozunu Clan made a grave mistake putting one of these on Raizo.
* CoolOldGuy: Lord Ozunu.
* CoolVsAwesome: At the end, we get ninjas versus commandos.
* DarknessEqualsDeath: The ninja are nearly invincible if it's dark enough, gaining apparent teleportation powers. And ''everyone'' is GenreSavvy about this; the first thing Mika does when she gets home after learning of the clans is turn on ''all'' of her lights, and the first thing [[spoiler:Europol does when they play BigDamnHeroes is shine spotlights all over the clan's headquarters and light it on fire]].
** This is one of the clues to Mika when she interviews a Russian agents' sister about her brother. She mentions that he got really paranoid in his last days and installed floodlights throughout the house. Too bad he didn't think to install a backup generator.
* DeadpanSnarker: Raizo at times.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The idiots who get killed in the tattoo parlor at the beginning of the movie are not missed.
* DoubleWeapon: Takeshi's sword can become one of these at his pleasure.
* TheDragon: Takeshi to Lord Ozunu.
* DualWielding: Many of the ninjas do this in the movie. Raizo does it at then end.
* DynamicEntry: With a [[CarFu car.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Ninja Assassin who assassinates ninjas.
* FakeNationality: In case anyone missed it, we have a Korean pop idol as a Japanese ninja.
** Though, not necessarily. There's a caucasian boy and a young black women seen in the clan's training facility. The implication being that orphans from any nationality and background can be taken.
** Though this could be another case fo FridgeBrilliance as Ninjas of a specific race could eventually become recognizable and Ninjas of the same race as the target could blend in more then just a clan of japanese assassins
* FinalBattle: A full battalion of Europol Commandos against a ninja clan.
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Raizo has been captured and taken to the secret ninja temple, but secretly he has a GPS tracking device in his gut, alerting the good guys to the temple's location. The ninjas discover the device, and after that the temple is attacked.
* FlashStep: Used in the final battle.
* FoodChainOfEvil: Possibly a non-fantasy example, seeing as Raizo, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
* GenreSavvy: Raizo. And Europol, at least after their first encounter.
* {{Gorn}}
* GoryDiscretionShot: Surprisingly. Once when [[spoiler:Kiriko is put to death.]] Also subverted towards the end, when they switch to heat vision as one guy dies.
* GunsAreWorthless: Mostly played straight, especially when ninjas have shadows handy. Many are shown to be able to dodge bullets. Averted at the end, however, [[spoiler: once Europol storms the ninja school and breaks out the heavy machine guns, body armor (which ninja weaponry can still get through), rockets, and floodlights.]]
** [[spoiler: Played very straight when Mika puts two pistol rounds into Ozuna's back, and the only thing it does is piss him off.]]
* HealingFactor: A power of Ozunu Clan ninjas. We're shown a demonstration of Lord Ozunu cutting his hand open and it healing in the space of a few seconds, and later [[spoiler:Raizo closes up deep, wide, and long lacerations all over his chest and stomach apparently through sheer force of will]].
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: The movie featured multiple people with the medical condition Dextrocardia situs inversus, which occurs in approximately 1 in 12,000 people. In an inversion of both normal human anatomy and this trope, their hearts were tilted towards the ''right'' side of the chest, which saves each of them when a ninja tries to stab them in the heart.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Europol agent Maslow is Patrick from ''{{Coupling}}''.
** The tattoo artist is [[Film/TheMatrix the keymaker]].
** Raizo is [[Film/SpeedRacer Taejo Togakan]].
* HotLibrarian: Mika says that her job description, 'Forensic Researcher', is just a fancy way of calling her a librarian.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: Raizo's response to the ContractOnTheHitman placed on him.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: Raizo's kyoketsu-shoge.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja
* KillEmAll: The Ozunu Clan's MO when it comes to assassinations, presumably to get rid of witnesses. If you're allied with or even just in the same room as the target, you're going to die in a messy fashion.
* LikeASonToMe: Lord Ozunu sees all of the orphans his clan brings in like this, but especially Raizo, who he was grooming to replace him.
** In their final battle, Raizo tells him off (see CallingTheOldManOut). That was the last thing Ozunu heard, which must hurt him more than Raizo's blades.
* LostLoveMontage: Several featuring Kiriko and Raizo.
* LoveInterest: Kiriko.
* MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay: Could be averted or subverted depending on how you look at it. There very well could be people that can move that damn fast and make themselves practically invisible ''via'' training. Or it's just a stylistic choice.
* MasterOfYourDomain: How Raizo survives the hideous injuries he keeps sustaining.
* MenOfSherwood: Europol
* MightyGlacier: With none of the TrainingFromHell or close-range weaponry, the Europol forces come off like this in their final showdown; the ninjas obviously acting more like FragileSpeedster types.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: How Europol beats the ninjas.]]
* MrFanservice: Have we mentioned that Raizo is played by ''Rain''?!
* MugglesDoItBetter: This film show that the ninja's powers can achieve some impressive feats. Surviving bullets isn't one of them.
* NeutralFemale: Subverted, since Mika manages to save Raizo's ass [[CarFu several]] [[BigDamnHeroes times.]]
** Even then, it's justified since, in this movie, {{ninja}}s > {{bookworm}}s.
* NonActorVehicle: This movie was a vehicle for Korean pop star, Rain.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Played straight to the point of {{Deconstruction}}. The ninjas can teleport via shadows, but [[MenOfSherwood Europol]] ''[[GenreSavvy realizes]]'' this, and use floodlights to deprive the ninjas of this advantage. Of course, the ninjas are aware of this weakness, so they usually cut the power (or break the light bulbs) before attacking anyone.
* OldMaster: Lord Ozunu
* OneManArmy: Raizo
* OnlyAFleshWound: Raizo repeatedly, even with a cut through his intestines and multiple lacerations and deep, bloody wounds on his legs, he can move... however, this may be justified with his TrainingFromHell.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: All of the ninja are supposedly Japanese, which makes the hodgepodge of Asian accents quite hilarious, [[{{Narm}} sometimes a little too much so]].
** Not all of the children shown are Asian, which makes me think that they abduct children from all over the world. Logically, it would make sense so that they would have agents to blend in for any given nation. You know, as much as logic has anything to do with this film...
*** And eventually, if you're living in one country all your life and rarely practicing your native language, it goes all to hell.
* RasputinianDeath: See the OneSceneWonder.
* RealityEnsues: The ninjas kill everything that get in their way without the slightest bit of difficulty... right up until they lose the advantages of surprise and darkness and have to fight men with automatic weapons.
* RedShirtArmy: Europol comes across as this for most of the movie, especially in their first fight against the ninjas where they're horribly outmatched.
* RockBeatsLaser: Or in this case Ninja weapons beat modern solders (but to be fair the ninjas did have the darkness and surprise on their side.), then came round two where said soldiers brought out bigger guns and flashlights then we started seeing an even fight.
* RRatedOpening: The opening is a ClusterFBomb, and the rest of the movie has relatively little cursing. The opening is also quite easily the goriest part, being one of the only bits where the gore goes beyond simple limb removal.
* RuleOfCool
* SadisticChoice: Lord Ozunu presents Raizo with one.
* SedgwickSpeech: Invoked in the RRatedOpening when the Yakuza hoodlums scoff the old man's claims about ninjas.
* SequelHook: This movie revolves around dealing with a ninja clan. Mika says there are nine clans in total...
** Other clan members might have escaped and will likely seek revenge against Raizo.
* ShirtlessScene: Raizo gets several. It's only natural that he does.
* ShownTheirWork: The woman at the laundromat who turns out to be a ninja becomes a little less random when you consider that this is how the traditional ''kunoichi'' works, eschewing the black suit and mask for [[HiddenInPlainSight Hiding In Plain Sight]].
* SlowMotionDrop: The tattoo artist drops his needle when he sees the black sand.
* SoftWater: The body of water Raizo jumps into from the roof of a tall building to escape his newly hostile clan.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:The hero's love interest is killed off so he's got something to angst about]].
** Raizo stuffs a female assassin in the washing machine.
* TakeOffYourClothes
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Done by Raizo in the final battle.
* TrainingFromHell: All ninjas are trained this way. Includes MasterOfYourDomain.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Raizo
* TykeBomb: All the orphaned ninja.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Mika/Raizo
* WeaponOfChoice: Raizo favors a kyoketsu-shoge.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Raizo turns on his clan when asked to kill a girl we've never seen before. He refuses but doesn't get a chance to save her as he almost dies in the ensuing fight. Presumably she was executed later but she is not shown or mentioned again after the fight starts.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Raizo has a moment like this with Kiriko when he tells her he has no heart. She tells him he has one and it misses him.
* XMeetsY: ''Aliens'' meets [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninjas!]]

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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'') from a script by JMichaelStraczynski.

As a small child, Raizo is taken in by Ozunu Clan. The head of the clan, Lord Ozuno, takes in orphan children and makes them go through brutal training in order to become lethal assassins. Many years later, Raizo has left his clan and is now being hunted down for his betrayal. He enlists the help of Europol researcher Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris), who has been investigating political assassinations caused by the Ozunu clan.

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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja {{ninja}} who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'') from a script by JMichaelStraczynski.

As a small child, Raizo is taken in by Ozunu Clan. The head of the clan, Lord Ozuno, takes in orphan children and makes them go through brutal training in order to become lethal assassins. Many years later, Raizo has left his clan and is now being hunted down for his betrayal. He enlists the help of Europol researcher Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris), who has been investigating political assassinations caused by ninja, to put an end to the Ozunu clan.clan once and for all.
4th Apr '13 5:13:37 AM morenohijazo
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* HeartInTheWrongPlace: The movie featured multiple people with the medical condition Dextrocardia situs inversus, which occurs in approximately 1 in 12,000 people. In an inversion of both normal human anatomy and this trope, their hearts were tilted towards the ''right'' side of the chest.

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* HeartInTheWrongPlace: The movie featured multiple people with the medical condition Dextrocardia situs inversus, which occurs in approximately 1 in 12,000 people. In an inversion of both normal human anatomy and this trope, their hearts were tilted towards the ''right'' side of the chest.chest, which saves each of them when a ninja tries to stab them in the heart.
31st Mar '13 5:24:34 PM slvstrChung
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* ActionSurvivor: Mika. She works for Interpol, but as a research librarian; and even if she ''was'' a trained field agent, that might not serve her very well against ninjas.

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* ActionSurvivor: Mika. She works for Interpol, Europol, but as a research librarian; and even if she ''was'' a trained field agent, that might not serve her very well against ninjas.



* ClusterFBomb: Used in the intro and avoided for the rest of the film.

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* ClusterFBomb: Used in Deployed during the intro and avoided for intro. A few delayed munitions go off over the rest remainder of the film.
31st Mar '13 5:01:38 PM slvstrChung
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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'').

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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'').
(''Film/VForVendetta'') from a script by JMichaelStraczynski.
31st Mar '13 4:59:58 PM slvstrChung
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-->'''Mika''', freaking out: "Well I don't have a lot of options, okay? I mean, I once took a taebo class, but that is the extent of my kung fu abilities, alright??"

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-->'''Mika''', '''Mika''', freaking out: "Well I don't have a lot of options, okay? I mean, I once took a taebo class, but that is the extent of my kung fu abilities, alright??"
31st Mar '13 4:59:40 PM slvstrChung
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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''TheMatrixTrilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James McTeigue (''Film/VForVendetta'').

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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''TheMatrixTrilogy'', (''Film/{{Bound}}'', ''TheMatrix Trilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by James McTeigue [=McTeigue=] (''Film/VForVendetta'').


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* ActionSurvivor: Mika. She works for Interpol, but as a research librarian; and even if she ''was'' a trained field agent, that might not serve her very well against ninjas.
-->'''Raizo:''' "A gun won't help you."\\
-->'''Mika''', freaking out: "Well I don't have a lot of options, okay? I mean, I once took a taebo class, but that is the extent of my kung fu abilities, alright??"
31st Mar '13 4:48:03 PM slvstrChung
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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was directed by [[VForVendetta James McTeigue]].

As a small child, Raizo is taken in by Ozunu Clan. The head of the clan, Lord Ozuno, takes in orphan children and makes them go through brutal training in order to become lethal assassins. Many years later, Raizo has left his clan and is now being hunted down for his betrayal. He enlists the help of Europol researcher Mika Coretti, who has been investigating political assassinations caused by the Ozunu clan.

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An ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 2009 action film starring [[KoreanPopMusic Jeong "Rain" Ji-hoon]] as Raizo, a BadAss ninja who goes rogue and declares one-man war on his clan. It was produced by The Wachowskis (''TheMatrixTrilogy'', ''Film/SpeedRacer'') and directed by [[VForVendetta James McTeigue]].

McTeigue (''Film/VForVendetta'').

As a small child, Raizo is taken in by Ozunu Clan. The head of the clan, Lord Ozuno, takes in orphan children and makes them go through brutal training in order to become lethal assassins. Many years later, Raizo has left his clan and is now being hunted down for his betrayal. He enlists the help of Europol researcher Mika Coretti, Coretti (Naomie Harris), who has been investigating political assassinations caused by the Ozunu clan.
31st Mar '13 3:11:35 PM slvstrChung
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* ArmorIsUseless: The commandos from Europol learn the hard way that modern body-armor is not rated against katanas or shuryiken. Justified as most modern body armor is supposed to stop bullets but do nothing against edged weapons and armor that does is designed with knives in mind, not full on swords.

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* ArmorIsUseless: The commandos from Europol learn the hard way that modern body-armor is not rated against katanas or shuryiken. Justified as most modern body shuriken.
** TruthInTelevision: Kevlar-oriented
armor is supposed to stop bullets but do nothing against not very effective at stopping edged weapons and weapons. Additionally, any armor that does ''does'' protect against blades is designed with knives in mind, knives, not full on swords.full-on swords, in mind.
23rd Mar '13 2:41:49 AM AFP
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* MugglesdoitBetter: This film show that the ninja's powers can achieve some impressive feats. Surviving bullets isn't one of them.

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* MugglesdoitBetter: MugglesDoItBetter: This film show that the ninja's powers can achieve some impressive feats. Surviving bullets isn't one of them.
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