DVD Review: Ninja – Shadow of a Tear / Cert: 18 / Director Isaac Florentine / Screenplay: David N. White / Starring: Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Mika Hijii, Vithaya Pansringarm / Released: 12th May
Following 2009’s Ninja, this sequel sees Scott Adkins return as Casey Bowman. The plot of Shadow of a Tear, which is quickly established in the film’s first 10 minutes, is that Casey returns home to find his pregnant wife Namiko (the returning Hijii) murdered. With only the barbed wire marks on Namiko’s neck serving as any sort of clue as to who carried out this atrocity, Casey seeks the assistance of long-time friend Nakabara (Kosugi) in his quest for revenge. And that is literally it in terms of plot for the most part, as the film quickly transitions into fight sequence after fight sequence after fight sequence.
The thing is, Shadow of a Tear is a great action movie, with Adkins showing off his skills in a multitude of innovative, supremely choreographed battles. As his character of Bowman descends on his journey, there’s literally not a soul that he doesn’t roundhouse kick in the face. The story arc of the movie is almost an afterthought, as Shadow of a Tear slices through the bad guys with as much speed and accuracy as we’ve seen in many a year.
For the full review, head over to Starburst Magazine.