Ninja Assassin


I love martial arts film. My understanding is that Rain will be making an Enter the Dragon-style film coming up, if not the actual remake.

Ninja Assassin was released in theaters over a week ago. I saw it, because I read that Naomie Harris (who plays Mika) was starring in this film. She was definitely, a critically necessary element of this film. Why? Rain (as Raizo) doesn’t say much. I suppose the director, James McTeigue, felt it was better to go with the stoic, inscrutable, stereotypical Asian male character and run with it.

Naomie spends a sufficient amount of time conducting a near-narration and summation of events. She has to. In this movie, Rain isn’t up to the level of speaking English where he could explicate himself proficiently. Although the basso level of his voice is nice.

He’s getting there though.

What Rain does do well is marital arts. Since it is a form of nimble and sophisticated dancing, our Korean Pop Star has the magnificent physique (dude has a banging body!), grace, and stamina to carry it off.

There is plenty of CGI created gore in this film. In some scenes I cover my eyes, because there is only so much blood (fake or otherwise) that I care to see.

Plot summary: Raizo is a member of a Ninja clan who kidnap children and train them to become deadly fighters. His childhood true love is killed by order of the Ninja master, Ozunu. She tried to run away. Death was her punishment. Ozunu is a very sadistic and cruel man, who delighted in torturing Raizo to make him the best of the Ninja clan. When Ozunu asks Raizo to kill a girl who escaped and was re-captured, he rebels, attacks the old man and gets away.

This movie is all about vengeance. Mika’s angle is that she works for Interpol, and as she starts to investigate the Ninja they come after her. Raizo saves Mika. She saves him. Raizo saves her. Mika saves him. You get the point.

I was sorta hoping for a bit more chemistry between them, like a few hot kisses. It’s almost there when they share a bit of funny banter. I felt their interaction was somewhat stilted, because Raizo has to be so stoic, unemotional, and calm. I think Rain was trying. I’ll give him that.

There was so much that could have been gained if he was allowed to crack, release, change, and show some emotion, heat, lust – you name it. It does happen, but not where I would have preferred. It didn’t need to be dramatic. This film was not about subtlety, so I know I am asking for too much in this kind of macho kick-all-’em-asses type of film.

Alas, they did not (lip lock) kiss.

I think the last time a black woman and Asian male starred in a film together was Romeo Must Die with Aaliyah and Jet Li. At least with Naomie and Rain their ages are closer togther.

If there was another big film release of a black woman and Asian male starring together, someone tell me. That was the only film I know of.


Super Strong Single Black Woman Syndrome

It is one thing to be proud of the mythical black Momma who purportedly raised her children, half the block, worked three jobs, and is a care taker of a sick mother, siblings, and grandchildren. It is another thing to assume that she is a happy Super Strong Single Black Woman, who seeks more people to take care of.

At some point, she will stop and scream from exhaustion, “I can’t do it anymore!”

People have to stop looking for black women to do all of the care taking. Black women have to stop being willing to take care of everyone, and saying yes to everyone.

You cannot do it all alone. It’s not working.

There’s so much wrong with this Associated Press story, I don’t know where to begin. I’ll just put the excerpts out there.

I’m not condemning the women. I can only wonder why some black women put such enormous burdens on themselves, and other black women, without having a life replete with healthy relationships that are helpful to them.

This story is about Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21:

An Army cook and single mom may face criminal charges after she skipped her deployment flight to Afghanistan because, she said, no one was available to care for her infant son while she was overseas.

So, what happened?

[Hutchinson] claims she had no choice but to refuse deployment orders because the only family she had to care for her 10-month-old son – her mother – was overwhelmed by the task, already caring for three other relatives with health problems.

The Army requires all single-parent soldiers to submit a care plan for dependent children before they can deploy to a combat zone.

Let me see if I understand, Hutchinson knew her mother was overburdened – those things don’t happen overnight. She joined the military in 2007. Momma was already occupied and busy. This young woman has a child with the “baby’s father”, and is surprised that when she’s deployed her mother couldn’t handle the infant?

Did she readily assume, like some black women, and other people, that Momma was a Super Strong Single Black Woman? Why couldn’t she ask, or get, the “baby’s father” to look after the child? Why was the only person in the world she could depend on was her already overburdened mother?

Hutchinson is no longer in a relationship with the father [of the child].

Is that how it is today? You cut the guy off, because things don’t work out? Or is it the assumption that once the relationship ends the only thing the guy was good for was sperm donation? Is it really that easy for the guys? Is this how women let themselves and their offspring be treated? Are they ever going to teach their own sons to be respectful and responsible to the mothers of their children?

Hutchinson’s son, Kamani, was placed into custody overnight with a daycare provider on the Army post after she was arrested and jailed briefly, Larson said. Hutchinson’s mother picked up the child a week ago and took him back to her home in California.

Hutchinson’s mother had to come all the way across the country to Savannah, Georgia to pick up Kamani.

Look at the load Hutchinson’s mother, the Super Strong Single Black Woman is carrying. I’m not surprised her daughter thought she could do it all alone, and then some.

She’s already having to care for her ailing mother and sister, as well as a daughter with special needs. She also runs a daycare center at her home, keeping about 14 children during the day.

If Super Strong Single Black Woman collapses from exhaustion, who will be there to take up her burden? Her daughter?

Where are the men in this story? Why are some black women doing it all alone? Why are they teaching their children that men aren’t necessary? Why are they involved with males who wont be men? 

The “Black Community” Doesn’t Exist

I see this as the tip of a “black community” ice berg. Once the Super Strong Single Black Women starts to go the way of the American Passenger Pigeon (it’s extinct), who’s going to be left to take up the burden?

The government cannot raise children, nor take care of any individual, or group of society, only family can. How is the “black community” supposed to function if there’s no one left to take care of it and its offspring?

By the way, my answer isn’t the search for mythical “black love”, it is for Super Strong Single Black Women to put their burdens down and learn to say, “Oh, hell no. I am not doing that ever again.”

Learn to associate, and form reciprocal relationships, with men and women who can help you and you can help them.

Being a black woman doesn’t have to mean a life of suffering from day one.

Let it go. You are allowed. You need no one’s permission to be selfish.

It’s a healthy impulse to look after yourself first, that’s the key to a long happy life.


Change We Can Believe In: Sammy Sosa Turns White

No comment on this one. Okay … I’ll just say this: no surprise.

The black guys (in the entertainment industry) wish they could be this bold. Instead, they take the slick route, doing the same thing, gradually becoming lighter. All he needs now is a nose job, and he can become the “white” man he wants to be.

People can under go surgery to change their iris color. Wow! I wonder if he’s wearing contacts or had that procedure done first?

If it wasn’t for the Huffington article, I wouldn’t have known it was the same guy.

At least his wife wont be the only white person in their household anymore.