Thursday, May 20, 2010
Is The Cup of Tears Already the Third Best Ninja Movie Ever Made?
Gary Shore's two-minute independently produced "trailer" The Cup of Tears has already led to him signing an agreement with Universal to direct a film based upon the trailer. The two-minute trailer combines Tibetan monks, Shaolin looking monks, Samurai, Ninjas, things that look like missiles shot in "bullet time," and space ships shooting at each other. Somehow it manages to do this with almost no similarity to Cowboy Bebop.
Looking at Shore's direction of the action sequences, I am almost tempted to say that this is the third best American made ninja movie ever produced.
The first two?
Ninja Assassin and Revenge of the Ninja
The lack of Sho Kosugi automatically removes Shore's film from the top two.
As for other films in the Top 10 American Produced ninja movies, they include in no particular order The Octogon, You Only Live Twice, American Ninja, The Challenge, and The Hunted.
I don't consider Kill Bill a ninja film. It is too much an amalgam of all that is awesome in Eastern action cinema.