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NINJA 2: SHADOW OF A TEAR!
I think the most overlooked component of Florentine's films is the story. We get too distracted by all the punching, kicking , flippi-dee-doo marital arts that we forget that we are invested emotionally into the characters of our story. Two great examples of this our UNDISPUTED 1 & 2. NINJA 2 is no exception. Scott Adkins plays Casey a Ninjitsu master whose wife was murdered by another ninja named Goro. The sequel to NINJA is a little more darker when it comes to the character of Casey. We see that even though he is the master of the martial arts he does his best to avoid confrontation. When he discovers his wife is murdered however, he has no problem killing anyone who may have had a hand in it. That is different from the character he played in the first one where if he killed anyone it was because of the necessity of the situation. The new Casey at one point kills a guy who he rendered defenseless in cold blood. Being master-less of his emotions plays a big part of the story which is why NINJA 2's standard revenge formula stands out from almost all wannabe action films out there that complicate their plots in an attempt to make their movies seem smart. NINJA 2's complexity is more subtle and can be easily overlooked but it is there. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST....
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