Isaac Florentine

Ninja 2

American movies are messy, always shot so that you can’t actually see what is going on. I’m paraphrasing Ninja: Shadow of a Tear director Isaac Florentine, whose introduction to the premiere of his new movie at Fantastic Fest came packaged with a mission statement about what martial arts movies should be. In a refreshing and long-winded moment of honesty, the Israeli-born director who has studied martial arts for 40+ years in places like Sweden, spoke about the way the Japanese and Chinese shoot their fight scenes and how that has become a driving force in his visual style. A style on full display as he once again throws British ass-kicker Scott Adkins into the role of an American expatriate ninja warrior whose circumstances force him to seek revenge upon a drug lord in Burma. “The man who seeks revenge should dig two graves,” he’s told. “They’re going to need a lot more than that,” he responds.

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Over the weekend at the first annual Actionfest, Isaac Florentine, who also recently directed the high-flying direct-to-DVD film Ninja, was honored with the festival’s Best Director award for his work on Undisputed III. Needless to say, our interest was piqued.

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Sit right down folks and prepare yourself for some badass ninja action — the likes of which you haven’t seen in a long while. That is, unless you went and saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine last weekend.

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