If you read our site (which you clearly do), then you’ve seen the name Scott Adkins before. He played that wild villain at the end of the Wolverine movie from last year and appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum. He will also be seen in Sly Stallone’s The Expendables later this year. That’s not to mention the fact that he’s developing a solid career in the world of direct-to-DVD martial arts films. He’s like Steven Seagal, only more svelte and a total badass. His next project is the actioner Ninja, in which he plays a ninja. Commanded by his Sensei to return to New York and protect the weapons of the last Koga Ninja, he must defeat swarms of Yakuza assassins in order to keep the ancient treasures safe.
First Look Studios has provided Film School Rejects with an exclusive first look at the film, in the form of this awesome fight scene that takes place in the rain. Special attention should be paid to the CGI blood used in this scene. So many of you wondered what I was talking about when I chastised James McTiegue’s Ninja Assassin late last year for gaudy, ridiculous use of CGI blood. The clip below gets it right. Blood splattering from a sword blow to the midsection doesn’t come out of the body as a neon red gel. It is dark in color, and rather watery in consistency. You’d know this if you were a ninja. Even though we get some wild splattering in this shot, at least they get the color right. Respect points, earned.
Ninja is due out on DVD and Blu-ray March 2, 2010. Check out the exclusive clip and a photo gallery from the film below.