10th Sep2013

Cracking first trailer for ‘Ninja: Shadow of a Tear’

by Phil Wheat

I’m a huge fan of the work of one Mr. Scott Adkins, the British-born actor come martial arts performer who made a huge splash with Undisputed 2 and has since carved out one hell of a fine kick-ass movie career.

One of my favourite Adkins flicks is the Isaac Florentine directed Ninja (2009) in which Adkins plays Casey, a Westerner studying Ninjutsu in Japan, who is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja. The film was a huge throwback to the likes of Cannon Films in the 80s and the heyday of DTV action movies.

Thankfully Ninja was somewhat of a success of DVD and Blu-ray and so, some 4 years later we get a sequel: Ninja: Shadow of a Tear, which sees Adkins team up with Kane Kosugi, sone of the 80s ninja-flick legend Sho Kosugi!

Casey Bowman has finally settled down. He’s happily married to Namiko (who is pregnant with their first child), living in Japan and teaching at the Koga dojo. While buying her a present, Casey is attacked by two punks. He shrugs it off, assuming it to be a simple mugging. But when Namiko is brutally murdered later that same night, Casey’s world falls apart. Stricken with grief and thirsty for revenge, Casey tracks down the two thugs who tried to rob him, but they can’t provide him with any clues to his wife’s murder. So Casey travels to Thailand, to the dojo of a close friend. His grief and anger are taking control of him and he lashes out while sparring with other students. When one of the students is killed in the same way as Namiko, Casey finally gets the clues he needs to track down his wife’s killer and unravel a mystery of grudges deep in the Burmese jungle.

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