We at the New York Martial Arts Examiner desk are really excited about a couple of upcoming ninja movies, so we thought we'd share. (Official excuse: the upcoming Scott Adkins vehicle Ninjatakes place in New York. Ninjas + New York = relevant. Done and done.)
If you haven't seen the trailer for Ninja, check it out here: Ninja Teaser Trailer. The film tells the story of a caucasian studying Ninjutsu in Japan who is asked by his teacher to return to New York for some reason or another and who cares it's freaking ninjas in New York! The trailer looks great, but if you still need a reason to get excited about a Scott Adkins movie, check out this training footage from his Wolverine fight scene: Wolverine Training.
Unfortunately, there is no U.S. release date yet. It will be gettable in Malaysia and the U.K. on October 22 and November 23, respectively, so hopefully it will be stateside soon after. For more details on Ninja, check out First look at Isaac Florentine’s ‘Ninja' over at kungfucinema.com.
A movie that does have a U.S. release date, though, is Ninja Assassin, the Wachowski brothers' attempt to reboot the ninja genre for the 21st century. Set for release November 25, Ninja Assassinlooks less awesome (casting a Korean pop singer as the lead ninja is not a great start), but it does include Sho Kosugi among its cast, so it can't be all bad. You can check out the trailer at the OfficialNinja Assassin Website.