Major news has rocked the martial arts film world. Director Isaac Florentine and Scott Adkins will be reuniting for a sequel to one of their previous collaborations. Sadly, it is not UNDISPUTED IV as of yet. Instead, their next project together will be NINJA 2.
The original NINJA, released in 2009, starred Adkins as Casey Bowman, an American-trained ninjitsu expert who becomes the protector of an ancient armor of the last Koga Ninja. While the film featured choreography by Akihiro “Yuji” Noguchi, fans felt the film wasn’t exactly one of the best Florentine-Adkins collaborations. With NINJA 2 beginning production in January in Bangkok, some major updates have been released, including one fans will truly like.
The big news concerning NINJA 2 is that the new main villain will be played by Kane Kosugi. Kosugi is the elder son of the legendary Ninja actor Sho Kosugi, who had made a comeback himself in 2009 as the lead villain in NINJA ASSASSIN, starring Korean pop star Rain. All we know is that according to Kosugi, his character is named Nakabara. Miki Hijii, who co-starred as Namiko in the original film, has signed to reprise her role.
This time, UNDISPUTED II & III writer David N. White has written the screenplay and returning to lens the film is Australian-born Hong Kong-based cinematographer Ross Clarkson. The fight choreography will be handled by Tim Man, a Chinese-Swedish martial artist whose credits include ONG-BAK 2 (2008) and the soon to be released KILL ‘EM ALL (2012) starring Gordon Liu and the late Joe Lewis.
NINJA 2 is due for release sometime in 2013.