Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (also known as Ninja II) is an American martial arts action film directed by Isaac Florentine and starring Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Mika. Scott Adkins and Kane Kosugi in Ninja: Shadow of a Tear () Scott Adkins in Ninja: Shadow of a Tear () Scott Adkins as Casey Bowman in Ninja.
In terms of characters it's filled with stock characters from the lone wolf hero, Indian accent taxi driver, the former rival, and the classical last minute villain switcheroo. The same rule also applies to the scenarios the hero is put in. You'll know the hero will fight behind a bar, get tortured, escape from a prison, go looking for hidden military base in a forest, eventually kill drug lord soldiers, and the rest action genre veteran or not can predict what'll happen next.
Resembling a setup more fitting for a video game the plot won't stick to mind in any form, but if it does anything correctly aside from pacing is working towards the production team strength. Scott Adkins as an actor has little range, but thanks to the script he's mostly required to be angry, focused, and leave his martial art do the talking. Adkins just like in the previous film is a solid fighter who knows how to perform a good fight. He's agile that his fight scenes are fast performing elaborate moves that shows his skills even while wearing a Ninja suit.
This being a Adkins film vehicle he's merely here to show off his fighting abilities. The cast are adequate to not ruin the film. Being aware of what roles they're playing the cast do what is required in them. Director Isaac Florentine knows how to frame an action scene and puts a bigger budget to better use. Unlike it's predecessor this sequel has night scenes that actually look like they take place at night.
Also a plus is the non use of shaking cam during action scenes. Everything on the production side is as solid as it could be delivery the goods in satisfying results.
Much like the story nothing will inherently stand out, but the commitment from the production team to strive for better is clear. Shadow of A Tear is an enjoyable brainless action film and not as bad as it could have been for a film that went straight to DVD.
The plot is typical and simple, but is a complemented by good pacing, solid action scenes on a low budget, and solid production values. For a film with "Ninja" in the title they're certainly worst out there, but few ninja films are as watchable even with your brain turned off. More Top Movies Trailers Forums. Apocalypse Better Call Saul: Season 4 Castle Rock: Season 1 The Deuce: Season 2 Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 The Walking Dead: Weekend Box Office Results: Shadow of a Tear View All Photos 2.
Fight everyone and trust no one: With the help of his friend Nakabara Kane Kosugi , the fearless American retrains his responses and elevates his battle skills to seek justice for his wife's murder. Casey stealthily tracks the man responsible on his mission of vengeance, but just when he has his prey cornered, an unexpected twist forces him to see even those closest to him as enemies.
In the ultimate confrontation, Casey must reflect on his teachings to become an invisible warrior worthy of the title Ninja. As good a martial arts film as we've seen since 's Ong-bak.
My insecurity and fear towards these people disappear…I do not think I have ever read a book about real conditions that has upset me this much. Shadow of Tears fills a void, truly. In his foreword, the author stresses that what occurs in his story is not romanticized but completely true and nothing but his personal experiences. Young man rides his bike out into the world in search of something, himself perhaps. He does not find happiness but, by sharing the pain of other people, he comes into contact with the innermost, and changed, core of himself.
He asks questions about the meaning of life, about suffering and misery. Ole enters the problem-filled world of his friends with such heart-felt concentration that he sometimes feels physically ill. His narrative is moving. After that I read the entire book in one go and felt that I totally shared his grief and powerlessness when faced with the difference in the living conditions of human beings. Mostly, his words are poetic. Ole Dammegard has himself designed the cover of his book and his artistic vein is obvious also in his writing.
And yet his language is restrained. Ole Dammegaard can use emotional words without their sounding high-flown. Without sounding banal, he can claim that the melancholy of a song envelops his heart. A postscriptum named Reflections is a burning plea for the equal rights of human beings.
Shadow of Tears has touched me very very deeply. In my very core. And to say that I think the book is good is just as banal and insignificant as to thank Ole for daring! Things like this should be known all around the world.
Years later, Goro became head of one of the largest drug cartels in Myanmar. Nakabara urges Casey to return to the United States, as being Takeda's son-in-law has makes him one of Goro's targets. Instead, Casey asks him to help him find Goro. Nakabara gives him an old map of Burma from his father's days in World War II, with markings indicating locations of ninja weapons.
A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, 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 plot is typical and simple, but is a complemented by good pacing, solid action scenes on a low budget, and solid production values. There, Casey finds a cemetery of Japanese soldiers and arms himself with a boxful of ninja weapons buried under a wooden gravemarker with the Nakabara clan symbol. Yes its horrendously cheesy and we've seen it all before, its been done by all the classic action heroes back in the day. Al S Super Reviewer.
Casey heads to Myanmar, where he befriends an Indian cab driver named Mike. Later that night, he enters a bar and fights a group of drug dealers.
He returns to his hotel room to rest, only to find himself arrested by the State Peace and Development Council , who accuse him of being an American spy and torture him. There, Casey finds a cemetery of Japanese soldiers and arms himself with a boxful of ninja weapons buried under a wooden gravemarker with the Nakabara clan symbol. He sneaks into Goro's hideout, setting the complex on fire before facing Goro's right-hand man Myat.
The fight ends with Casey stabbing Myat in the heart and breaking his neck.
He then squares off against Goro before slashing him in the midsection. In the middle of the fight, Goro wraps his barbed wire manriki around Casey's neck, but Casey uses his strength to free himself and throw Goro to the ground before decapitating him. Casey returns to Nakabara's dojo, only to discover that Nakabara was the one who murdered Namiko and Lucas.
Nakabara is revealed to be a drug lord himself, and he used Casey to wipe out Goro's cartel to monopolize the Southeast Asian drug trade. He then gives Casey the choice to either join him or die. Both men engage in an intense fight until Casey kicks Nakabara through a thin wall, revealing a room full of ancient artifacts.
They continue the fight in the room with weapons, with Casey slashing Nakabara in the midsection and Nakabara impaling Casey's left shoulder with his wakizashi.
Nakabara lunges toward Casey, but Casey grabs a manriki and wraps it around Nakabara's neck for the kill.