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Ninja: Shadow of a Tear 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars (52) IMDb 6.2/10

Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty) returns as Casey Bowman, who is now the sensei of a successful dojo, married to the beautiful Namiko (Mika Hijii), and expecting their first baby. But when Casey returns home one day to find someone has brutally killed Namiko and their unborn child, bereft, Casey has only one thing left to live for‰Ы_Revenge.

Starring:
Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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This is one of those time that the sequel is better than the original. Scott Adkins once again plays Casey Bowman. After the last movie, Casey's life is good. He is not the sensei of the dojo, and married to his sweet heart. That is until a chance encounter with a couple of "muggers", then coming home to find his wife murdered.

The plot is a little obivous, but this not the kind of movie you watch for the plot. This is a martial arts movie. In this the movie delivers in spades. The fights are great and plentiful, but not too much. The other thing they got rid of from the first movie is that there is not a fountain of blood and gore every time someone gets cut. The biggest nod I can give this movie is by saying in the 70s camra men had to switch to higher speed film because Bruce Lee was moving too fast, Adkins hand and feet speed is almost too fast for digital film.
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By Richard Morton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2015
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Whilst this flick will likely appeal to true fans of the genre, I couldn't get on board with it unfortunately. It's not terrible by any stretch but just underwhelming.

The story picks up from the first "Ninja" film with the lead character Casey settling into wedded bliss with a kid on the way. That lasts all of about five minutes before tragedy strikes. Now Casey must do a bit of soul searching before hitting the road to take some violent revenge and retribution - Ninja style.

Scott Adkins as Casey looks the part and he's got all the tools but he certainly isn't gonna win any Oscars. He's not aided here by a laboured script and stilted dialogue. The plots pretty bare bones stuff and a latter twist seems sadly predictable. This type of thing is always going to be judged largely on its fight scenes and these are frequent, solid and entertaining but are rarely particularly inventive of memorable.

Overall then, this wasn't really for me but it clearly has its fans elsewhere.
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Casey Bowman, the Westerner who was raised in a Dojo that trains Ninjas in Japan, is now in charge of the Dojo and married to Namiko, the daughter of his teacher, Takeda and is expecting a child. One day Namiko is killed in a gruesome manner and Casey is heartbroken. Nakabura, a former student at the Dojo who now has his own Dojo in Bangkok asks Casey to visit him. Casey decides he needs to get away goes to Bangkok. While there one of Nakabura's students is killed in the same manner that Namiko was killed. That's when Nakabura tells him that he thinks a man who has a vendetta against Takeda and his father might the one who killed them because the manner is his calling card. He tells Casey that he is a drug lord in Myanmar and Casey goes to find him but it won't easy cause he is feared there.

Well directed throughout, solid acting all round, well cheographed fight scenes and stunts. Though 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 simple and it doesn't try to be anything else other than a great action movie. And finally, the incredible Scott Adkins and the amazing stunt team put in some amazing fights and there are whole assemblage of classic weapons used too which is cool.

Overall a great sequel to the original a must see!
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This film was actually quite bad: I was expecting a reasonably good movie looking at the cast but at times it was so predictable and badly acted it almost went "Clunk". Don't get me wrong: I've seen so many so called "Hong Kong Legends" through the years I have a thick skin and quite enjoy badly dubbed chop socky spectaculars; it's just that my expectations were high and the tears I shed watching this film were real. This film was made on the cheap and you can tell from the script. I saw the original "Ninja" film and this is nowhere near as good (and that film was no classic, but maybe compared to this one it is)
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I enjoyed this film. Despite there not being as much Mika Hijii in it, I think it's better than Ninja. Apparently - according to the Making Of - there's no wire work for the fight scenes, and this certainly shows in more realistic fights. I'm not an expert on martial arts films (nor even a novice) but even I could tell the difference.
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I'm a big fan of director Isaac Florentine. Whether it be the looney tune kung fu 'swooshing' of his earlier efforts 'Savate', 'US Seals II' or 'Special Forces' to his latter upscaled, high octane tournament flicks - the 'Undisputed' series, he has continually delivered the thrills time and time again. No other director working in the low budget arena (bar maybe John Hyams) can match this guy in terms of sheer pound for pound talent.

However, even the best trip up one time or another. Following on from the original 'Ninja' movie, this sequel initially looked like it could be a bona fide classic in the making. You've got the always amazing Scott Adkins back on high kicking form, Kane Kosugi (son of the legendary Sho) ably bringing up the rear and a whole heap of ninja shenanigans that can give even the most jaded action fan that warm, fuzzy 1980s glow. The issues arise when the 'story bit' rears its head: Martial-arts master Casey Bowman's (Adkins) life is shattered when his young wife is murdered in a senseless killing. Vowing revenge, Casey tracks the killer with the help of a wise sensei. His only clue being a series of victims whose necks bear the distinctive mark of strangulation by barbed wire. And, er... that's it.

I felt a little let down by the original 'Ninja' movie so approached this one with trepidation. The first film was marred by not wanting to go full throttle and cater to what seemed like a younger audience. When I watched the trailer for this sequel, it seemed that those elements had been jettisoned in favour of a more brutal, 80s bloodthirsty revenge fest that would see Casey kicking ass and busting heads. Which, to be fair - it did. Well almost. I can't quite put my finger on it - but it just felt disappointing and a little ho hum.
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