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Ninja II: Shadow Of A Tear Blu-ray Review

Ninja II- Shadow of a Tear Blu-ray

While not remotely original, “Ninja II” delivers exciting martial arts action.

At the start of this sequel to “Ninja,” Casey Bowman (played by rising action star Scott Adkins) appears to be getting ready to settle down with his pregnant wife. In a tragic and sickening turn of events, however, Casey’s wife is horrifically killed by an assailant bearing a chained barbed wire weapon. Pissed off and wanting answers, Casey sets out on a murder filled revenge quest to find out who is responsible for his wife’s grizzly murder. All signs seem to point to the baddie Goro, but is someone else actually responsible?

If you’re looking for a deep original story or fleshed out characters in “Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear,” this film is not for you. If you’re looking for thrilling martial arts action in “Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear,” this film was made for you.  “Ninja II” is very much a low budget throwback to 80’s and 90’s martial arts films. There’s no CGI or wirework nonsense to be found here. Instead, you get loads of hard hitting kicks and punches, brutal takedowns, and plenty of weapon usage to boot. Better than that though is the fact that the action is refreshingly well choreographed and directed. It’s nice to actually SEE the action sequences in long shots without needless constant cuts. Sure, there is some slow-mo here and there (which the film could easily do without), but I accept the fact that it’s used as a stylistic choice.

While the action may wow viewers, the script is actually pretty lackluster. Now, I haven’t seen the first installment so I can’t compare or contrast “Ninja II” with that, but I can say that this film is strictly a standard martial arts revenge story. There’s nothing you haven’t seen before.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? “Ninja II” has a crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? Kick butt!

Extras:
* Millennium Entertainment trailers.
* “Cast And Crew Interviews” features discussions about fight scenes, weapons, the story, martial arts, “Ninja II,” and more.
* “Behind The Scenes” contains a collection of, you guessed it, behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Featurette”- A standard featurette that sells the film.

Overall Thoughts: Fans of martial arts cinema will no doubt want to give “Ninja II” a watch. Note: This title is currently on Netflix streaming if you are into that sort of thing.

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March 1, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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