When Korean pop singer Rain, accepted a role in the Wachowski Brothers 2008 movie Speed Racer, he probably didn't realize how important that film would be to his career. While the film was not a box office success, it did introduce him to an American audience but more importantly, the film was an opportunity for the singer turned actor to work with the Wachowski Brothers. It was there, on set while shooting the ninja scenes for the film, where Rain's talent impressed the sibling directors and the idea for Ninja Assassin, opening in theaters November 25th, was born. With the star of the movie in place the brothers hired their long-time assistant director James McTigue, who directed the 2006 hit movie V For Vendetta, to direct the film while the Wachowski Brothers would produce with the legendary Joel Silver. We had an opportunity to speak with Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue and his star, Rain, about the new film, martial arts, legendary ninja-actor Sho Kosgui and the real-life myth of the ninja. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
Raizo (Rain) is 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, 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. Starring Rain, Naomie Harris, Rick Yune, Ben Miles and Sho Kosugi, directed by James McTeigue, Ninja Assassin opens in theaters on November 25th.