Ninja: Shadow of a Tear

Synopsis: Fight everyone and trust no one: it's the code of survival practiced by martial-arts master Casey Bowman after his life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence. Vowing revenge, the fearless American stealthily tracks the killer from Osaka to Bangkok to Rangoon with the help of a wise and crafty sensei. His only clues: a series of victims whose necks bear the distinctive mark of strangulation by barbed wire. Fighting to avenge as well as to survive, Casey must sharpen his razor-like responses and take his battle skills to the next level, even using deep meditation to fake his own death. His target: the sinister drug lord Goro, who is flooding the streets with deadly meth cooked at his remote jungle factory. To prepare for his ultimate confrontation, Casey must finally become an invisible warrior worthy of the name Ninja. But just when his prey is cornered, an unexpected twist shows Casey that his battle is only beginning: he truly can trust no one.
Director(s): Isaac Florentine
Production: Millenium Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min



Milestones of the Century.

Despite the season

of heavy rainfall,

Japanese forces

continue to push through

the Shan state of Burma

toward Mandalay.

Allied forces

have reported the use

of special Japanese

ghost soldiers,

who are said

to be able to survive

in the hostile jungle terrain

for months on end

using stealth tactics

and crude ancient weapons.

One thing is certain,

her allies in the Pacific

are pressing for yet

another brutal encounter

with the Japanese invader

who poses an even

greater threat with the use

of the mysterious killing art

known as "ninja. "








if you get married.


Are you sure you don't want to

call the police? Yes, I'm sure.

It's just money.

They're still

out there.

No. Couple of punks looking

for an easy score. Trust me.

They're long gone.


Are you sure

you're okay?

All right.

You're right.

I'm a little upset.

About what?

About the fact that...

I didn't get you this sooner.

What is it?

Open it.

The symbol for happiness.

Mmm. Casey.

It's beautiful.


For you.

And our baby.

You didn't finish

your gyoza.


Lost my appetite.

Not me.

I love you.

Me too.



Casey, are you awake ?

What's the matter?


Go back to sleep.

No, tell me.


I want Black Thunder Chocolate.



I'll get it.

Never mind.

It's okay.

You don't have to.

No, it's fine.

I'll just run down to super,


I'll be right back.

You really don't have to.

Stop it.

I want to, okay?


In that case,

can you also get some...

Tao Kae Noi?

Chocolate and seaweed?

[bell ringing]

[speaking Japanese]

[wind chimes]

[wind blowing]

[door creaking]


[speaking Japanese]



You're never

gonna believe how...





[speaking Japanese]


(Casey) This was always

a special place to her.

This is where she took me after

she told me she was pregnant.

I didn't know.

I'm very sorry

for your loss.

How did you hear?

Thailand is not exactly

the North Pole.

She was like

a little sister to me.

What are the police saying?


They say it's a

trend around here.

I have my doubts.


It's not important.

Why don't you come

to my dojo in Thailand?

Get away from this darkened

place for a while.


Begin to empty yourself

of grief.

Thank you, senpai.

But I have some

unfinished business.

What sort of business, Casey?

Thank you for coming.

Paying your respects.

[helicopter whirring]

[speaking foreign language]

[door knocking]

Come in.


I have a long memory.



[bone crushing]






[speaking foreign language]

Yes sir.






I am pleased

you changed your mind.

It was a good time

for me to come.

[speaks Japanese]

Awake from death.

Return to life.

I hope so, senpai.

Casey-sen ...

please meet

Hiroshi and Lucas,

my senior students.

You don't remember me, do you?


I visited Tagadao's dojo

about 10 years ago.

I came with Hiroshi

from Toronto.

You were already

the man back then.

I still tell people the way

you sparred with the bow,


It was against,

what was his name?


That's it.

Anyway, sensei said

you might come here,

and I'm glad you did.

(Casey) So, why do you

stay here in this country?

I stay to honor

my father's wish.

Why Thailand?

After the war,

when my father

returned to Osaka, he did

not like what he saw.

He said Japan

had lost her way.

My father was not what

you call a flexible man.

He was part of Fujita Seiko's

special fighting force.

Fujita Seiko?

1940, Fujita led 2,500 soldiers

into the Burmese jungle.

A unit trained

like no other.

A unit of ninja.

2,500 soldiers

into the jungle,

only 14 came out.

My father was one of them.

I believe he would've traveled all the

way to Burma if he had been allowed to.

But he settled here instead.

Founded this

martial arts school.

Collected all

the Asian artifacts.

Excuse me.

[speaking foreign language]

[speaking foreign language]

What is our code?

To have no code.

What is our way?

Every way.

What is our goal?

To thrive in the shadows as our

enemies perish in the sunlight.


[speaking foreign language]



[speaking foreign language]




I suppose you think you have

an excuse for such behavior.

I'm sorry, sen, but--

No apologies.

Do you remember

the [speaks Japanese]?


You have lost control.

It is time

for [speaks Japanese].

Remember, you have

to control your emotions.

Do not let

your emotions control you.


[speaking foreign language]


You need a bib.

You need some manners.




[speaking foreign language]

[bone crushing]


Get up.

Hit me.

Come on, hit me.


Yeah. Again!


My 90d.

What happened to you?

Give me the basket. No, it's my turn.

I got it.

Just give it to me.

I'll pick the fruit.

Why are you helping me?

It's okay.





What happened?

We found him dead in the--

[speaking foreign language]

Senpai, I need

to tell you something.

The wound on Lucas' neck, it's the

exact same wound as Namiko's.

I was supposed

to be in the woods...

not Lucas.

I see.

There were three friends.

Your father-in-law, Takeda,

my father,

and a rough boy from

Nagoya named lsamu.

They were the best students

at the Koga dojo.

When their sensei died, lsamu challenged

Takeda for control of the dojo.

There was a bad fight.

Takeda killed lsamu.

Killed him?

Now Takeda was free

to continue the tradition.

However, he did not

plan on one thing.

Isamu had a younger brother,

a boy named Goro.

A boy who witnessed the death

of his older brother.

My father said he'd never

forget the boy's words.

After a few years,

a rumor started.

Goro had grown up

to become a criminal.

Started one of the major drug cartels

in the Golden Triangle in Burma.

Why are you

telling me all this?

'Cause it's known Goro taught

his men how to kill using

the maneki kusari with barbed

wire instead of chain.

It became

his signature.

The wound you just saw.

So you're saying--

I'm saying it's

more than likely,


So, what?

He's still seeking revenge?

You're Takeda's son-in-law.

This makes you a target.

You need to return to the

States before it's too late.

You're telling me

to run.

I'm telling you

to live.

This isn't living.

I'm going after him.

I need to know

exactly where he is.

You're going

to Burma?

It's suicide.

It's justice.

It seems like revenge.

You can call it

what you will.

You cannot go.

I don't have a choice, senpai.

All anyone knows is he's

somewhere inside the jungles

outside Yangon.

A well-guarded secret.

I'll find him.

If I cannot talk you

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