Today is the ninth annual International Ninja Day, a day when people everywerhe are encouraged to “dress as ninja, engage in ninja-related activiites, and spread information on ninja online.” The first International Ninja Day was orgnaized by the creators of Ninja Burger, a parody website (“Guaranteed delivery in 30 minutes or less, or we commit Seppuku!”), in 2003. December 5th was chosen for today’s celebration since it coincided with the release of The Last Samurai, a Tom Cruise movie with a scene where samurai and ninja go head-to-head in battle. Though it’s beginnings were humble, International Ninja Day has spread to a worldwide event; more recently the focus has been on the “Pirates vs. Ninjas” confilict, with international Ninja Day offering an alternative to International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
I’ve never really been into ninja movies. In fact, I don’t like most movies that are strictly action flicks — I really need strong characters to get me interested in a story. Chris is sort of in the same boat as me except, as I found out today, he has a weakness for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Still, in spite of our natural inclination to steer clear of most things ninja, in honor of International Ninja Day we decided to watch a ninja movie and play with some ninja toys.
It was another exhauting evening working on our fireplace project, so when the time came I was more than happy to settle down and search Netflix for a ninja movie. Chris picked out a movie titled simply Ninja, the story of an American studying Ninjutsu in Japan, who is asked to return to the U.S to protect a chest containing the weapons of the last Koga Ninga. The fight choreography was decent, but every other aspect of the movie was almost unbearable. In fact, when it was over, I looked over at Chris and said “that was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen in my life.” So that leaves me wondering…are there any good ninja movies? If anyone has any suggestions, let me know — I’m curious whether or not any actually exist.
One good thing about the crappy movie was that it gave me time to create my very own paper ninja throwing star. Origami is always fun, and I like to have things to throw at Chris, so this was a win-win for me.