Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Movie Review “Ninja in the Dragon’s Den”

Hiroyuki Sanada as Jin-Wu
Conan Lee as Jay

Short Story Summary: A ninja is out for revenge against the people responsible for his father’s death.

Story: (9/10) The story is a great mixture of comedy and drama that forms into a very entertaining tale.While the story may seem like a bare basics revenge story, it soon shows that it is much more. It has many twists in the story and everything is happening at a fast pace, but it is never confusing. The script was well written, with really entertaining dialogue between the characters and a tale that will keep you enjoying every minute. By the way, the opening sequence is awesome!

Characters/Cast: (10/10) The cast is excellent in this film. Hiroyuki Sanada (who you may remember from the movie “Legend of the Eight Samurai” that I reviewed) is great as the vengeful ninja Jin-Wu. His character is not just a one-dimensional killer thought, as he has both a sense of humor and really cares for his love ones. Conan Lee is really good in this movie as the wise cracking, joke pulling Jay. Lee reminded me a lot of Jackie Chan and I actually thought it was him to start with. Both of these actors are really talented, but the other people in the movie are also great. The best being the ones playing the “God Fighters”(I think that is what they were called). Their actions are so hysterically funny, that I could not stop from laughing every time they were on screen. The actress (Can’t remember her name) that plays Jin-Wu’s wife, Akane, and actor Tai Bo, who plays Jay’s nutty “sidekick” Chee, both give fine performances. The rest of the cast are all top-notch and really deserving of a 10 out of 10.

Action: (10/10) The fights in this film are a brilliant combination of acrobatics and martial arts. I found all the stunts mind-blowing to see and this film is full of them. The fights are excellently done and the dialogue exchanges during them are great. The actors in this film are really talented and it shows in their fights. There was not one fight that seemed dull or failed to entertain me.

Music: (10/10) The opening theme, “Legend of the Ninja”, is one of the best movie themes I have ever heard. It plays several times during the film and is always a welcome tune to hear. The rest of the music is also good, but the theme takes the cake.

Visuals: (8.5/10) The overall job with the effects is well done. Some of the effects are either dated or look ridicules to start with( like when Jay uses a black and white cloth to blend in with his environment). The sets are okay and they fit the movie, but they’re nothing special. They consist of things like a tower, mill, and a boat. The most entertaining set was the house where Jay and his Uncle lives. I don’t want to spoil anything about it, so check out the movie and see for yourself.

Conclusion: A excellent movie and one of my new favorites movies. I highly recommend checking this one out.

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