Ninja II: Shadows of a Tear
The ninja craze moved through the early 80's like wildfire, and American audiences ate it up. We loved the idea of deadly, stealthy, unstoppable warriors wearing black. Sho Kosugi was one of my heroes. It worked its way towards US kids shows. GI Joe had Snake-Eyes and Stormshadow, the Thundercats had Panthro with his "Nunchucks" and it hits its peak with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But like all fads, it wore its way from admiration to absurdity to parity. Let's face it, some of those later Ninja and American Ninja movies were not just cheep, but cheesy past the point of acceptability (even for the 80's). The ninja movies died and we didn't see much in the 90's through the 2000's.
The movie was released in 2013, and I picked in up at Target for under $15. I had heard some good things, and figured it was worth the monetary risk. It stars Scott Adkins as Casey Bowman, a martial artist/ninja heading a school in Japan, and is directed by Isaac Florentine, a martial artist himself. Scott Adkins has some pretty big movies under his belt. He was in Zero Dark Thirty, Expendables 2, Ultimatum II, The Bourne Ultimatum, and was the Body Double for "Weapon XI" in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Isaac Florentine's main movies were Ninja (2009), Ultimatum II and Ultimatum III. The last was where he worked with Mr. Adkins. The initial reason I wanted to see the movie was because of the supporting actor Kane Kosugi, son of legendary ninja actor Sho Kosugi.
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