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05.30.2008

Dreamy Korean pop sensation, SPEED RACER driver and Stephen Colbert rival Rain is about to become an international action star, courtesy of the Wachowskis and producer Joel Silver's NINJA ASSASSIN, which is now shooting in Berlin with V FOR VENDETTA director James McTeigue. The official rundown:

NINJA ASSASSIN follows Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them... and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.

In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles), Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune), to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive…and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Sounds great, but perhaps the most interesting part (to me, anyway) is that the movie also features legendary martial artist Sho Kosugi. For those unfamiliar with the Cannon/Golan-Globus logo, Kosugi kicked off the ninja craze of the 1980s with ENTER THE NINJA and brought his brand of quiet carnage to popular ninja flicks including REVENGE OF THE NINJA, NINJA TERMINATOR and the unforgettable NINE DEATHS OF THE NINJA, as well as the the Lee Van Cleef ninja-student TV series THE MASTER. He all but disappeared into shadow after battling sightless swordsman Rutger Hauer in the crap classic BLIND FURY.
Extra Tidbit: More pics of Rain in martial arts training can be found RIGHT HERE.
Source: Warner Bros.

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