Here’s a two-fer for ya: the above movie is Ninja, a fun-looking if cheap ninja movie directed by some guy you’ve never heard of and starring Scott Adkins, who played Weapon XI (a.k.a. Deadpool, sigh) in Wolverine. It is not, mind you, a trailer for a Ninja Gaiden movie, based on the hit Tecmo games, and it is not being directed by Uwe Boll, no matter fan videos are telling you. I just wanted to nip this thing in the bud before people start emailing and freaking out. Although really, everyone should have been able to tell that the Ninja Gaiden version was a fake, because the trailer actually looked kind of good. There’s no way that Uwe Boll could be involved.
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