I’m in total love with martial arts movies and I'm not ashamed to admit it. What’s more I’m not sure how I missed these absolute gems. Star Scott Adkins is the real deal. Fast as a spitting cobra with a glare that would melt stone, Adkins is a true martial artist. Ninja is a superhero slugfest, complete with costumes and major battles. Ninja 2 is even better, with lots of hand-to-hand combat in an action packed free-for-all. There are fights with swords, stars, bo staffs, knives and numerous other exotic weapons. I'd go into the plot, but both are thin and who cares? See these popcorn flicks for the action. The cinematography and choreography are top grade. Adkins can really fight (sort of the anti-Ben Affleck), and the fights are shot wide so viewers can see all the action. Not like most Hollywood actioners, where fights are shot in extreme close up and you can't tell what the heck is going on. If you like fast-moving action movies and a lot of bone-crunching martial arts violence and swordfights, see these movies. Incredibly entertaining.
My favorite exchange from Ninja 2:
Nakabara: “The man who seeks revenge must dig two graves.”
Casey: “They’re gonna need a lot more than that.”
Martial Arts Rating: ***** broken sternums out of 5
Here's the trailer for Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear. Enjoy: