Raizo and Mika - the Addicts' Circle
(Thanks for the pix, Cinnamon!)
"There's a brutal (and admittedly very cool) fight scene every five minutes... But let's be honest, killing is this film's business...and business is good."I was breaking my own rule by letting things get a bit off-topic with the Uhura post. *bows head in guilt*
~ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
However, I figured these two should get their own post ('cause it's about damn time...).
These two have caught the attention of quite a few folks (the M-Rated ones don't automatically show on the list...you gotta request that shit and admit you're a perv in the process).
Now, for all you blasphemous heathens who haven't seen Ninja Assassin but want to know what all the buzz is, you need to rent that shit, like...yesterday. Even better, buy it so you can watch it every night before you go to bed. It does wonders for your dreams.
'Cause I have a feeling more straight women bought this DVD than did straight men. *shrug* Call it a hunch.
The "plot" - if you can call it that - is basic, and I do mean basic. Boy is an orphan. Boy gets adopted by a clan of assassins. Boy grows up to become a lean, mean killing machine. Said Killing Machine's girlfriend gets executed by clan, so Killing Machine goes rogue and starts killing other killing machines (hence the clever and often missed double meaning of "Ninja Assassin").
Anyhoo, Killing Machine meets up with Gorgeous Black Woman who's investigating his clans. Naturally, that's a no-no, so Killing Machine has to protect her from what goes "slice" in the night.
Rain ("Bi" in his native Korean). Yes...*glances right*...I know.
There are a few reasons why he was the perfect choice for such a film. 1) He is beautiful. In fact, he's so fine, we need a whole new word to describe the jaw-dropping, mind-blowing awesomeness that is this man.
2) Rain is already fucking famous, even if most Americans don't know who the hell he is...which is no surprise, because Americans are always the last to know what the hell's going on in the world. Anyways...Rain's known worldwide and that's all that matters. There's an actual reason for that (now...be careful with these vids, children, or as one commenter wrote, you'll end up spending "hours watching videos of Rain singing and dancing with no shirt on").
3) Duh - he can move. Dance and martial arts are kindred movements, so it's unsurprising his obvious talents as a skilled and sensuous dance easily transferred over when he went on the hottest killing spree ever filmed. Seriously. Also...it helps that he's been studying taekwondo since childhood.
A graduate with a degree in social & political science, this lovely, elegant, gracious lady is London-born and raised, with her family originally hailing from the island of Jamaica. As child of a single mother, she was bullied at school, was the only other black student at Cambridge (where she cried every day)..and yet she eventually became a sexy British celebrity. Talk about a Cinderella story.
Now, when you watch the film, you can tell the role of Europol forensic researcher Mika Coretti was originally written for a white actress. And yet...somehow, Naomie was given the part instead. *raises eyebrow* Pourquoi? What prompted that change? Inquiring pygmies are most definitely grateful...but still want to know.
I doubt the gynophiles complained....
Anyhoo, actress Naomie was a perfect choice...for reasons I don't really think I need to explain. She wasn't given much to do in this film, but with what she was given, she did a lot.
Her American accent astounded me. There were times I actually forgot she's a Brit. And I found her thoroughly convincing as a damsel in distress who doesn't let the distress keep her from handlin' business (a couple of times, she actually rescues Raizo...but then he goes right back into protector mode).
Raizo and Mika interact with each other very well on screen; had their obvious, underlying romance been fleshed out more, I'm sure the critics would've hated it less, and fans - who adore it as is - would've loved it even more. *shakes head* 'Cause you can't be havin' some top-level violence and no top-level sex...Mm-mm. *shakes head again* That's just unnatural.
Like...Raizo keeps getting tied/chained up in this film, and Mika's always releasing him and helping them both avoid certain death. But...what if there had been some tying up for different reasons, huh? *blink* Would that be so wrong?
The cast and crew are all game for a sequel, as are fans. In the meantime, Raizo/Mika fiction is greatly sought after and appreciated at the Blasian Narrative.
You are now entering the Addicts' Circle. Brace yourself. The members are hardcore. We have no desire whatsoever to be cured. We have but one motto, and one motto only:
Abstinence...is strictly verboten.