The crate containing the recipe for 1980s martial arts ninja action film has been jemmied open with a Shuriken and faithfully restored and updated. I recognised the formula ten minutes in and a huge smile spread across my face. Our British lad done well- Scott Adkins, not only stars but pulls off a decent American accent.
The story follows Adkins as Western Ninja – Casey Bowman (I guess the name Steel McHardass was taken) as he embarks on a revenge quest through the Far East. Adkins gives the locals a taste of the lumpy bits on his fist, in good fashion. For a man with a large muscular frame, it was impressive watching him cut through everyone like a balletic tank. Any question of Casey’s prowess are ironed out in Burma. (You’ll see)
Just to add a bit more to the mix, you have great fight choreographer and actor Tim Man playing a notable baddie. He is used here in a great ‘speed versus power’ face off. Also, you have Sho Kosugi’s son, Kane Kosugi. Kane plays Casey’s good friend and looks crisp with every technique. He has come a long way since his appearance in the film Black Eagle where he acted along side his father against the evil bad guy played by Jean-Claude Van Damme.
When it comes down to it, Ninja-Shadow of a tear is not very complicated story. It doesn’t have to be. Still, there’s enough drama to keep you hooked. The martial arts are solid throughout and very entertaining.
The director, Isaac Florentine is a martial arts expert himself and knows how to show it on camera (check out Undisputed 2 and 3). The quality is excellent for such a small budget production. I love the nods to the 1980’s, such as taking out the guard with the small build and putting on his uniform that miraculously fits..kind of.
I watched the basic non blue ray version. It has some basic extras. The ‘making of’ was good but way too short.