warning, some minor spoilage after this line! ---- Starring the Korean heart-throb and all around pop icon Rain and produced by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix), the movie would surely be a great one coming. Ehhh.... First off, I'm an avid Rain fan and love his music and I think a big break he deserves in the American media is long overdue, I mean he is dubbed as the Asian JT. I didn't expect much from Nina Assassin, knowing that his English is very limited and ofcourse the movie's main focus was strictly an extremely violent martial arts film; very reminiscent of old martial art films. The action started immediately as soon as the movie began with one of the bloodiest, ghoriest (is that a word?), action sequence I've ever seen, which pretty much continues on throughout the movie and I found my self getting used to it. The plot and acting is minimal at best, and cannot be compared to other iconic martial arts films such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Maybe it's due to the fact that the movie concentrated so much on the bloody action sequences and inevitably showing off Rain's famous body almost all the time throughout the movie. I think if Ang Lee took part in this movie, it would have been better since he is a brilliant story teller. The movie itself is rather bland, and my idol Rain couldn't save it even if he decided to do a song and dance number half way through the movie. If this is the big break he is hoping for, which I hope it does, then it's going to be mainly due to the fact that he was the main character and not some supporting character **cough**speedracer**cough**. Another bad thing for the film itself is that it has to compete with movies that already has a big following such as New Moon and Precious. Bad marketing by the producers. I'm not saying the movie was really that terrible, I actually quite liked it. If you are going to watch the movie, you really do need to do so with no expectations at all because if you think this is going to be the next Kill Bill, then you will be greatly disappointed. If you want to see bloody action sequences, this movie is surely a go, but if you prefer a movie that focuses on great acting, then skip this one and watch Precious instead; wait for it to come out on DVD though and watch it with friends during an informal movie party. I've read some critics' reviews and they're pretty much either loving or hating the film, but they all pretty much praise Rain's great effort since he literally poured his whole life into this project for a few months. I think maybe that's the only reason I tried my best to have no expectations when seeing this movie because the typical movies I enjoy are drama movies with alot of talking and crying and people getting lost and finding themselves. Haha.