We love the premise here… ninjas, steeped in tradition and using centuries old methods, go up against modern, cutting edge covert warfare. We’re betting on the ninjas.
In the hands of John Woo, this is a fight we’re dying to see. Yes, the last few films haven’t been that well received (we dug PAYCHECK, though– very underrated). But this is still the man, the action genius behind KILLER and HARD-BOILED. This is the man who brought us doves during gunfights, mexican standoffs, and backs up against each other trash-talking. The man has contributed as much to the genre as anyone, and we’re betting THIS one will be a classic return to form.
Before that though, we get STRANGLEHOLD, the video game sequel to HARD-BOILED, with Chow Yun-Fat starring. And there’s a little picture called THE BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, the biggest budget Asian film ever made, an epic set in China’s Three Kingdoms era. That one will feature battle scenes the likes of which American audiences have never seen, and may just go down as Woo’s masterpiece.