"If you've ever watched any ninja films from the 1980s, you know that Sho Kosugi is the ninja; he is the man.

He was the only person who could impart the discipline of Lord Ozunu. He embodied the clan master."

 - James McTeigue, Director 

 

"We're both huge Sho Kosugi fans. He's a master martial artist. I remember the first day he came to our training facility in Berlin,

in his sweat suit, with a bag of practice swords. He was in fantastic shape, warmed right up, jumped right in. We thought we were going

to have an easy day with him, since he was right off the plane. But he didn't want to stop. He was there for a solid two hours with us,

and then was in the gym every day with us after that. His dedication to the craft was extraordinary."

- Chad Stahelski and Dave Leitch, Fight Choreographers

 

"I was shocked when I saw the script, when I saw the name Ozunu, I smiled because what most people don't know is there

was a real Ozunu, who was born in the Kinki District and is the ancestor of the Shugenja, mountain warriors who practiced

Shugendo. He's an ancestor of the ninjutsu. So the research was so good. To play this role, I was honored to do that."

- Sho Kosugi

 

 

 

 

Staff

 

Cast

 

Distribution

WARNER BROS. PICTURES

RAIN

Raizo

 

 

NAOMIE HARRIS

Mika Coretti

Production

WARNER BROS. PICTURES

BEN MILES

Ryan Maslow

 

DARK CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT

RICK YUNE

Takeshi

 

LEGENDARY PICTURES

SHO KOSUGI

Ozunu

 

SILVER PICTURES

RANDALL DUK KIM

Tattoo Master

 

ANARCHOS PRODUCTIONS

SUNG KANG

Hollywood

 

 

 

 

Music by

ILAN ESHKERI

Rest of Cast in Order of Appearance

 

 

 

JONATHAN CHAN-PENSLEY

Yakuza Henchman

Edited by

GIAN GANZIANO

YUKI IWAMOTO

Yakuza Couch

 

JOSEPH JETT SALLY

ILL-YOUNG KIM

Yakuza Mohawk

 

 

LINH DAN PHAM

Pretty Ninja

Production Designer

GRAHAM 'GRACE' WALKER

YU FANG

Laundromat Manager

 

 

ADRIANA ALTARAS

Landlady

Director of Photography

KARL WALTER LINDENLAUB

KYLIE LIYA GOLDSTEIN

Young Kiriko

 

 

YOON SUNGWOONG

Young Raizo

Fight Choreographers

CHAD STAHELSKI

ELEONORE WEISGERBER

Mrs. Sabatin

 

DAVE LEITCH

WLADIMIR TARASJANZ

Aleksei Sabatin

 

JON VALERA

JOON LEE

Teenage Raizo

 

JONATHAN EUSEBIO

KAI FUNG RIECK

Teenage Takeshi

 

 

ANNA SAWAI

Teenage Kiriko

Executive Producers

THOMAS TULL

THORSTON MANDERLAY

Agent Zabranski

 

JON JASHNI

RICHARD VAN WEYDEN

Ibn Battuta

 

STEVE RICHARDS

MINA GHOUSI

Kid with Envelope

 

 

HANS HOHLBEIN

Mika's Neighbor

 Produced by

JOEL SILVER

STEPHEN MARCUS

Kingpin

 

ANDY WACHOWSKI

NHI NGOC NGUYEN-HERMANN

Girl on Roof

 

LARRY WACHOWSKI

GUIDO FÖHRWEIßER

Lead Europol Agent

 

GRANT HILL

TIM WILLIAMS

Europol Cell Guard

 

 

DAVID LEITCH

Europol Door Guard

Story by

MATTHEW SAND

WOLFGANG STEGEMANN

Europol Pointman

 

 

STEFFEN GROTH

Europol Guard #1

Screenplay by 

MATTHEW SAND

JENS NEUHAUS

Europol Guard #2

 

J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

PATRICK PINHEIRO

Maslow's Aide

 

 

MATTHIAS SCHENDEL

Task Force Agent

Directed by

JAMES McTEIGUE 

JOHANNES AHN

Medic

 


Wallpaper (widescreen 1440 x 900)

 

 

 

The Press Release

"Ninja Assassin" Starts Production In Berlin

  

 

Comments about Sho's involvement in the film

 

From Comic-Con 2008 - Ninja Assassin Panel Presentation, July 24, 2008

 

Reporter: Could you talk about Sho Kosugi's involvement. If you're doing a ninja film, he's pretty much the guy to go to.  How did he get involved?

 

James McTeigue: He got involved because I thought it would be you know a good homage.  You know he was in so many of those films.  But if you talk to him he'll tell you he was only in like three, but he's forever known as being in ninja films.  And I just wondered where he was, you know wondered what he was up to these days.  And he went off and formed some martial arts schools in America and Japan so he hadn't been in movies for a while. And I thought it would be good if he was like the clan master.  He'd be a good kind of homage back to the ninja films of the past.  So yeah, we rang him up and we asked him actually. [LAUGHS]  He came in, screen tested, thought he was good so we put him in the film.  Yeah.

 

 

From Comic-Con 2008 courtesy of movieweb.com

 

Reporter: Did you delve into the Ninja genre before taking this project on and look at some of the older films?

 

James McTeigue: Uh yeah, you know, I mean I think, you know, I've known them since I was kid so uh it was a... it was more of a re-acquaintance I guess, you know. I guess the one that I hadn't seen for a long time was Shinobi no Mono which is like a classic kind of you know 50s one, but you know obviously I knew all the Sho Kosugi movies from the 80s, all, yeah the great ninja movies, so yeah a little re-acquaintance with 'em.

 

 

From Comic-Con 2008 courtesy of IESB.com

 

Reporter: You know seriously, we haven't had a good ninja movie since like Pray For Death or something, right?

 

James McTeigue: Yeah right. Uh yeah, you know I was interested in like you know making a ninja movie that was set like in a modern context, you know because I guess like ninjas are so timeless you know that uh... But I was also um interested that you know you put them in a modern context people like go oh that's kind of cool, I haven't seen that in a while. I haven't seen it since some of the classic '80s Ninja movies I guess.

 

Reporter: And the fact that you bring in Sho Kosugi to be in the movie as well...

 

James McTeigue: Yeah.

 

Reporter: Did you bring his kids in too, 'cause they're pretty badass as well?

 

James McTeigue: No, just uh Sho. You know you can only have one Kosugi in one movie, but he's pretty awesome. He uh, he plays the clan boss. He plays a pretty awesome clan boss. Rules with an iron fist.

 

 

From Comic-Con 2008 courtesy of IESB.net

 

Reporter: So alright, you know, we all grew up in the, especially my generation of the 30 something year-olds grew up watching the Sho Kosugi films Pray for Death, Revenge of the Ninja... Were they really popular in Korea?

 

Rain: Uh... Yes, he's um... he's very very popular, you know, he's good act... you know, he's um... good actor, yeah. And good movie, you know.

 

Reporter: Not only, you know, the fact that he's in your film as well, was that kind of cool to see the fact that you had one of the guys who portrayed one of the orig... the, you know, the 80s ninja movement was there working with you in this film as well?

 

Rain: Uh, you know, it's new stuff. So different, you know. If you see the movie, you're gonna like it, you know, 'cause you'll figure it out. Yeah, that is perfect, I think.

 

 

Comic-Con 2008 Interview clips

From movieweb.com

 

 

James McTeigue

Rain

Naomie Harris

 

 

 

From IESB.net

 

 

 

James McTeigue

Rain

 

 

 

 

From joblo.com

 

 

 

 

James McTeigue and Rain

 

 

 

 

 

From ign.com

 

 

 

 

James McTeigue, Naomi, Rain

 

 

 

 

Comic-Con 2008 Ninja Assassin Panel Presentation Transcript

Comic Con Interview - The Cast On Ninja Assassin