Ninja Assassin's Rain training
Who could imagine a western actor, never mind pop star, learning martial arts and most of their own stunts for a martial arts film? Well I can't, but Rain is doing just that for the upcoming film Ninja Assassin, and the stunt reel showing online tells us just how hard he's training.
Not only that but it shows how great the stunts are going to be and how practical they are.
The showreel of stunt training has the Korean pop star Rain training hard for his role, not only working out but also performing some superb practical stunts with a few by wire as well. These aren't just isolated stunts either, these are the full fight sequences all carefully choreographed, and they look superb.
"Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive...and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan."
I'm really impressed by the work he's doing and what we're going to get to see on Ninja Assassin when it finally gets released. It looks like Rain is going to be propelled forward with this film too, and his existing fans are going to love it.
Take a look at the showreel for some stunning fight work as well as some physical training for Rain and the rest of the stunt team showing just what they're capable of.Could you see a western pop star or popular actor going to these lengths in film training? The last time we saw this was with the Wachowski Brothers and the team on the Matrix films.