One of the most sought after rising action stars today is martial artist Scott Adkins. He has already made a name for himself appearing in the Undisputed series, Expendables 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and many more. In 2009 Adkins headlined the martial arts action film Ninja that showcased his awesome abilities and delivered a solid martial arts film. Now he is returning to the role with Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear.
In the film martial arts master Casey Bowman’s life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence. As he stealthily tracks down the man responsible an unexpected twist forces him to see even those closest to him as enemies. In the ultimate confrontation, he must reflect on his teachings to become an invisible warrior worthy of the title Ninja. The first film was great and felt a lot like others like it from the 80s complete with the strange cult. With this latest edition it does something rare for a sequel and surpasses the first film in almost every way. Once again Adkins leads the charge delivering on the high octane martial arts action, but joining him this time around is none other than Kane Kosugi, son of the ninja master himself Sho Kosugi. Kane made a name for himself as a kid appearing in the various films alongside his father and has gone on to establish himself as a force to be reckoned and bringing him into this series can only elevate it even higher. While the addition to Kane is awesome, this is still Adkins show and he is better than ever. The story felt a bit rawer and maintained the old school aspect and delivered more martial arts action than pretty much any film out there. Adkins is at the top of his game giving fans the feel of the old school martial arts film that is few and far between these days.
This film is literally non-stop action, but still packs a great revenge story in that evolves the character from the first film. The addition of Kosugi made this film that much better getting to see him in action once again and will hopefully be another stepping stone for him to appear in more American martial arts films. This film not only sports more wireless martial arts action throughout the film but the final fights are worth the whole film. If you were a fan of the first film, then you will not want to miss this latest entry that tops its predecessor and will hopefully lead to more.
Sharpen your shurikens and be sure to grab your copy when Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 31st.