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Plot: Ninjitsu master Casey is back and out for revenge when his pregnant wife is murdered. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 16 Dec 2013
Best DTV Action Movie Ever?!? Possibly! (by Ivan_Drago21)
Saw this early at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and it is quite possibly the greatest DTV action movie ever made.Though many would not be proud of it, but I am a DTV direct to video expert. I subject myself to watching pretty much every DTV action movie ever made. Though most of them are just absolutely awful, it is all worth it when a Unisol Regen or Blood and Bone comes along and blows you away.The main problems with dtv movies are: 1. Zero budget 2. Shaky cam/quick edits 3. Actors not willing to put in the work for the fight scenes to look realistic 4. Stupid plots with dumb <more>
romancesThough Ninja Shadow of a Tear is on a small budget, all of the aforementioned problems are fixed. The movie is completely without shaky cam and quick editing. The plot is very basic and there is no fat to try and make it anything other than what it is....an incredible action movie. And finally, the incredible Scott Adkins and the amazing stunt team put in some amazing fights.One scene in particular is Scott Adkins versus 6 guys in a dojo and the entire fight is filmed in one take with zero editing...like the Alphonso Cauron of DTV shots. It was absolutely amazing.Just an amazing fight movie that takes the best fight scenes ever and mixes it with Rambo, old Cannon movies from the 80's, and Enter the Dragon and other Asian flicks from the 70's. Just a perfect movie that looks like a big budget Hollywood flick. Not a single dollar was wasted and no goofy cgi or wires were used. I can't recommend this movie enough. The action is incredible and everything came together to make one of the best fight films of all- time. Hollywood, please wake up and give Adkins/Florentine a budget and I think you would be amazing at what they can do.If you are looking to check out other great DTV movies and save yourself the trouble of all the nonsense and garbage I have seen, check out the following. But most importantly, check out Ninja Shadow of a Tear when it is released. It is a definitely blu-ray buy for me.1. Universal Solider Regeneration 2. Ninja Shadow of a Tear 3. Blood and Bone 4. Undisputed 3 5. Wake of Death pretty much all of the Van Dammes are watchable 6. Undisputed 2 7. Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning just watch the last 45 minutes
The action and the fight scenes are the best and the budget is smaller than the first Ninja. But Ninja 2 the fighting looks more realistic and using more MMA into it than the first one. Best part is that they casted Scott Adkins and he actually knows martial arts. His kicking skills are the best I've seen. Let's face it most ninja movies now days suck balls and have actors that can't fight. But Scott Adkins pulls it off and he does some amazing realistic kicks, mid arm bar submissions. The only thing I was disappointed in was that he only wore the ninja suit for a small part of <more>
the movie. But the ninja suit and mask was very realistic. I thought about NiNJA GaIDEN, maybe the should cast Adkins as the lead role for a movie version from the classic Ninja GAiden video game. Best Ninja movie since the movie American Ninja!! SEriously you bitches who think Scott doesn't know the art of the ninja ? Read his frocking biography! He studies various martial arts!
Not the best plot, but definitely the best action (by marlonsmith1234)
I will start by saying, I have never reviewed a movie on IMDb before but felt compelled to do. Scott Atkins is the new van damme.I cant say much for the plot / storyline however the acting was fine, and the action was beautifully choreographed. It looked so real. The action more than makes up for the lack of depth within the story itself. Scott for me, carries the film but he does it so well. I hope Hollywood pays attention to this guy as he is extremely talented. As crazy as it sounds being that this was a Direct to TV movie, I was thoroughly engaged and entertained throughout the whole <more>
film. Its Fast paced almost from the get go and action packed.I hope to see Scott in some big budget block busters next year and beyond.
Best action from Scott Adkins since Undisputed (by mathinath)
CRAZY!. It is up there with Undisputed, Great fight scenes and taken in one shot which makes it look even better. Good fighters this time unlike the first Ninja movie, not to mention highly coordinated kick #@[email protected]# fight scenes.Lets see if Raid 2 and TYG2 can outdo Shadow of a Tear,...Scotty seems better than ever,I wish this came out in Theater would have been nice to see this on the big screen. Undisputed 4 is coming out.. cant wait! Story is lacking but who cares, and anyone who knows about this movie, does not care about a PLot or love story, they just want people beating the crap out of <more>
each other. Nicely done and a nice recovery for Scott. Also recommend SPECIAL ID... for those who cant get enough.
I am a huge fan of this guy. No matter how many films of his I see, I am still surprised at the fluidity and precision he displays during every action sequence. The guy's just athletically gifted...period.When Adkins is paired up with Florentine, the results are typically spectacular. Florentine allows his action sequences to breathe unlike more famous/successful directors like Paul Greengrass or Joe Carnahan. These guys could take a lesson or two from Florentine. He keeps the camera wide, allowing his capable actors room to breathe and show us what they can do. Furthermore, he uses <more>
precisely placed zooms and camera shifts to follow the action...as Adkins is a really quick guy. The choreography, by Tim Man seen in the film as Goro's right hand man , is excellent as well, creating a perfect formula for fantastic, hard-hitting action sequences that elevate the film above it's weak plotting...and unfortunately...acting.I will, however, always forgive guys like Adkins and Kane Kosugi their flaws in the acting department, simply because of what they are able to do once it's time to turn the juice on. Casey, with the glorious exception of his acrobatic, and more importantly, brutal ass kicking, is a pretty standard protagonist. The revenge story in this film is very familiar, and you've no doubt seen it a thousand times. Ultimately, you buy it enough to lend weight to the action; you care about Casey's mission. Maybe not a lot...but enough.The movie's twist ending doesn't take you by surprise at all, but you're grateful for it anyway. The final fight sequence between Casey and the "twist boss" is so very awesome. The twist doesn't serve the plot. The twist gives us a fight sequence between two well-respected action auteurs. That's what we want. We don't care HOW these guys come to blows. We just want to see it happen...and it's worth it.With the exception of that final sequence, however, the "boss fights" are relatively brief. Goro vs Casey and Goro's stooge vs Casey are great sequences, but I could have used more of them.All in all, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear is a huge step above its predecessor. Action film fans rejoice. Shoestring budgeted action films that cruise on talent alone are still out there...and guys like Adkins and Florentine are making films that crush their Hollywood counterparts. Maybe if James McTeague would learn about soft lighting, Ninja Assassin might could stand a chance against something like Shadow of a Tear. In this reviewer's opinion, however, Ninja Assassin wishes it was Shadow of a Tear.See this movie...unless you're a female or a pussy.
Great Movie, The Plot doesn't do Justice, storyline a little fishy.. Read on! (by louisjbianco)
OK, well first of all, The Plot review doesn't do this movie justice. It sounds like it is in now way connected to the original storyline. Which it kind of isn't. The movie could have been longer and recapped the first movie better and had better character development. Having one student say he was present when Casey sparred with Matsuzaka big deal... The fact that the greatest Ninja clan was reduced to a Dojo instructor was also heart breaking much more than the death of his wife lol. Here's where the plot doesn't make sense and the hero is an idiot. In every martial arts or <more>
any movie now that you think of it, a successful bad guy/warlord/drug dealer/ mafia/kingpin whatever you want to call him; either wouldn't bother himself with small peanuts or has a vendetta against the whole rival and wants them all wiped off the earth and usually saves the boss for last. Just like Casey went after the boss last, so wouldn't the kingpin have killed tried to wipe Casey's wives clan out first and save her for last? wouldn't there been more bodies instead of her mysterious death? why would a kingpin in a different country send someone to kill his wife out of nowhere and having looked at the house would have seen signs of a husband eg: mens shoes, wedding picture etc. why would you leave a husband alive. Now fast forward to the rea bad guy. He said the kingpin taught all his men to kill with the barbed wire whip. after killing what 30 of them and none having a whip at all wouldn't something register in your brain as fishy? not even the number one henchman had one! only the kingpin himself! which also brings the point where did your buddy get one from to stage the murders? oh he's a ninja turned dojo owner too... go figure! OK now to the racist comment people here and on amazon. point one: if everyone in the movie didn't know martial arts then it would be a shitty movie and he would just wipe their asses off the face of the earth. that's not racistly assuming all Asians know martial arts, that's making the movie exciting vs boring. point two: No one said all Asians are bad. He is looking for a drug-lord, so obviously he is looking in a bad part of town where crime and assholes are, so its safe to assume there are thugs, drug dealers, mafia and such. point 3: to the guy who said a white guy banging Asians and making them his bitch. Obviously you didn't see the first movie. He was the number one student of the master and fought against the other number one student and he married the masters daughter. when the master died he became the new master and keeper of the secrets. which he abandoned in this movie... for some horrible reason. a better plot would have been the real badguy took over the clan because he and his wife ran away to have a family, the drug-lord was killing off the members clan in search of them and then he begs for their return and when they do return he assassinates the wife and a few more clansman and blames it on the kingpin. I should write these screenplays! in fact any producers out there I have quite a few awesome plot ideas of my own! All in all the fight scenes were amazing! I would love to see a behind the scenes video to see how much wire work was involved and how much was real! Kane Kosugi and Scott Atkins were both impressive! I am glad to see martial arts movies making a return outside of Hong Kong!
Top notch in the genre, I want to see more of Ninja Adkins flicks (by SomeHeartPlease)
Classic revenge story with bosses and personal motivations. What matters is that the martial arts shines and it does here. All the fights are amazing, fast, and with lots of power put into it. Spectacular martial arts and these guys are in top shape. Visually the camera-work is great, with proper focus on the acrobatics, and some slow motion tastefully added a to showcase the artists but never breaking the flow of fighting - they did a real good job with following the action. Honestly I wasn't expecting such great work going into this movie session on some straight to TV material. I mean <more>
rooftop chases, bar scenes, street/taxi, dojo, jungle rambo stuff, fighting, language, acting. Plus Adkins is blessed by nature so he's a great martial artists who actually looks pretty good on screen. Anyways I came out amazed and I've many many martial flicks and I really like this one. It's a sure bet in my opinion.Hopefully Adkins and all can do more of exactly that - top notch ninja flick the likes of which we haven't seen since the 80's. Oh, and I didn't really like the 2009 movie, but this one is spot on.
First the good. There's plenty of action in the film and the fight scenes are pretty well choreographed. Not on par with anything from let's say "Drunken Master, or Once Upon a Time In China", but still much better a similar movie 'American Ninja'. The story is believable and I wasn't bothered by any potholes. I saw another person post something about the main character being white as absurd. Well this is fictional movie so...Now the bad. My main issue with the movie is that I was expecting something more Ninja-esque. The title still makes sense once the movie is <more>
finished, but 15% of the film gives us a true ninja feeling, and the rest is more of a vigilante film.Verdict. A good movie if you love martial art films. If you expect something similar to a recent big budget film like 'Ninja Assassins' this is a far cry from that, but check it out for yourself.
Probably Isaac and Scotts finest hour! (by george-844-384633)
I have long been a fan of Isaac Florentine, for many many years now.His films always aim to grab that feel from the 80's classics of Hong Kong cinema, yet are often marred by weak story lines and silly acting.That said, one thing that always stands out is the fight scenes - and none more so than this awesome sequel, Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear!I liked the first Ninja movie and thought Scott Adkins, as always, proved his worth as a martial arts actor. There was just a small hint of 'meh' that surrounded the first causing it to be slightly forgettable.It seems though, with Shadow Of A <more>
Tear, that hint of 'meh' has been thrown to the side!Again, acting and story line plays second fiddle to what is possibly some of the best fight scenes ever put to film in a Western production!Beautifully shot, crisp with amazing choreography, I felt that Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear stands punches and kicks above the over-rated hit, The Raid...