Ninja's Creed (2009/aka Royal Kill/Lionsgate
B- Sound: C Extras: C+ Film: B
deadly female assassin is sent to kill Himalayan King and his bloodline, a
royal soldier is sent to America
to protect the last surviving princess. Everywhere
they go, she seems to be right behind them, each place they run or hide to soon
becomes compromised and they soon learn there is no safe place to hide. As they clash, the soldier battles for their
survival, but the assassin finding them, toys and plays a dangerous mind game
of cat and mouse with him. How does she
keep finding them? And will he be
able to stop her? So is the set-up of Ninja’s Creed (2009), which also
happens to be the last film of actor Pat Morita.
This is a suspense-filled movie. A
modern day story of a young girl and a soldier, when she is suddenly told by a
man she just met she is the last surviving princess of a Southern
Asia kingdom and an assassin is targeting her. Her life is soon turned upside down as body
bags start filling up and she is running for her life. The female assassin is
an enigma herself, nothing is known about her except that she never fails, but
what is maybe more surprising is royal soldier whom was sent, as he starts
having blackouts and begins to remember clues to who this assassin is. The line blurs as the battle between good and
evil, but in the end... there can be only one.
This film was not what I expected, with title Ninja's Creed' and a hot girl on the cover, I thought at first it
was going to be a standard femme fatale movie, but it turned out more like
mystery drama, like The Usual Suspects.
The film gives you entire story but for
the final piece that makes you see the film with a new light at the end.
While there were no traditional ninja in black garb, the 'ninja' refers to in
essence to what we call today covert-ops, espionage, sabotage or even
assassination. I guess it
follows in the 'ninja's creed', that "A ninja is born in
darkness, lives in darkness, and dies in darkness" it plays on mystery of
a ninja's existence and leaves you questioning if there really was a ninja in
the first place. Extras include behind
the scenes with interviews, deleted scenes, outtakes and trailer galleries.
- Ricky Chiang