R | | Action, Thriller
A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan.
Director James McTeigue cited the crime thrillers Panic in the Streets (1950), The Getaway (1972) and Badlands (1973) and the martial arts features Ninja Scroll (1993) and Samurai Champloo (2004) as influences for the film.
Raizo: Just because I was lying down doesn't mean I couldn't feel you. And I forgive you.
When Raizo is training in his apartment, after the final katana spin, you hear the clang of a katana hitting stone when it should be hitting a wooden floor.
The opening title appears in a spray of blood.
$13,316,158 (USA) (29 November 2009)
$38,105,077 (USA) (7 February 2010)