8.10.2010

Raizo & Mika Coretti: Ninja Assassin Screencaps

If you watch a movie enough times, you'll eventually start seeing things you've never seen before. 

I had this very experience recently while watching Ninja Assassin.  (Yes...again.)  This particular scene comes and goes so quickly that if you blink, you'll miss it.  Literally.  It comes near the end of the movie, during the raid on the Ozunu compound, right after Mika cuts through Raizo's binds and seconds before Maslow saves her from a charging ninja.  It gave me chills (in a good way), and  I immediately grabbed a screencap so that I could share it with you.  There's chaos going on all around them, and they're taking precious time to stare into each other's eyes like this?



Very telling.  You know what they say...a picture is worth a thousand words.

This little peek into their developing relationship made me wonder...what other moments are there like this?  Other moments that have yet to be captured as a still and are completely different than the ones that are already out there on the 'Net?  I made it my mission to find out.  Below are the screencaps that I grabbed of moments throughout the movie that I thought defined Raizo and Mika's relationship and why it's obvious that they cared very deeply for one another.

*Big ol' Raizo/Mika picspam:

"Oh, Mika, Mika."
"I like you more and more."
Raizo gives Mika the rare ninja smile:
Mika showers with Raizo sleeping only a
few feet away:
On the DVD, the title for this scene is
"Part of each other."
A teary Mika after Raizo has been
taken by the clan:
Raizo witnesses Mika being stabbed
through the chest:
Raizo's subsequent look of shock and pain as he
gazes in disbelief at Mika's "dead" body:
Enraged by Mika's "death", Raizo is about to go
off on Lord Ozunu:
"Her heart is special."


Both Rain and Naomie Harris should be commended. They really did do a lot with very little to convey Raizo and Mika's depth of caring for one another. It was very subtle, yet completely blatant for those who paid attention.  Pfft...lack of chemistry, my left foot.

And yes...I do have way too much time on my hands.  :)

*Click on the images to make them bigger.

25 comments:

  1. I agree that Naomi and Bi are to be commended. They really didn't have much to work with script wise, so subtext and non-verbal communication was very important.

    Love the screen caps!

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  2. I agree with you both. Rain and Naomie Harris had to use many subtle nonverbal cues to get the message of Mika and Raizo's affections across that we don't usually see in American action films nowadays. We, as Americans, tend to need everything out there in the open in bold print for us to understand, because we are by nature a low-context society. I admit I was one of those doubters who was so quick to say Raizo&Mika had no chemistry just because it was not as obvious as most. And the fact that Rain and Naomie Harris were able to convey their characters' chemistry in such a subtle way in the midst of a bloody action flick is amazing and shows the immense talent each of them possesses.

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  3. I had to add a few. I nearly forgot to add two caps of Raizo's best lines in the movie ("Oh, Mika, Mika." and "I like you more and more."), and one capturing Mika's subsequent delighted smile. How could I?

    We, as Americans, tend to need everything out there in the open in bold print for us to understand, because we are by nature a low-context society.

    Too true. But I'm not gonna lie though...I would have at least liked to see a kiss.

    And the fact that Rain and Naomie Harris were able to convey their characters' chemistry in such a subtle way in the midst of a bloody action flick is amazing and shows the immense talent each of them possesses.

    Exactly.

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  4. I love the first image of them at the Ozunu compound staring into each others eyes like nothing else matters. It would have been so easy to have them kiss there.

    *pushes their heads together*

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  5. It would have been so easy to have them kiss there.

    OMG, I was thinking the exact same thing! You know if this was any other actor (in other words, a white man), this would have been the part where the hero and heroine kissed.

    This particular cap really stood out for me as well (and is also my favorite), because there's a lot of subtext going on there. The compound is crashing and burning around them, and in that moment, they don't see anybody but each other. So much so that it took Maslow yelling Mika's name to pull them out of their cozy little two-person cocoon.

    *sigh* TPTB missed so many opportunities with this movie...

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  6. I was impressed by their moments of real bonding in the midst of blood, death and gore. Seriously.

    Raizo was getting his flirt on in the car while pulling a star out of his stomach. See, that's GANGASTA right there. LOL

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  7. Raizo was getting his flirt on in the car while pulling a star out of his stomach. See, that's GANGASTA right there. LOL

    Amen. That was hardcore.

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  8. Raizo was getting his flirt on in the car while pulling a star out of his stomach. See, that's GANGASTA right there. LOL

    So this! That's one of the reasons why people who write Raizo as a virgin crack me up. Raizo was hardly "unspoiled." He was a little too good with the flirting.

    I'm sorry...no one can tell me that that man didn't know his way around a woman's body. Yeah, he may have looked all innocent, but I'm thoroughly convinced he would have had Mika singing opera by the time he was done with her. I'm just sayin'...

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  9. @ Cinnamon. LOL! He used the "bedtime" voice when he told her he was "waiting" for her, before pulling that star out. Raizo was too much. :-)

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  10. He used the "bedtime" voice when he told her he was "waiting" for her, before pulling that star out.

    He sure did! LOL!! I'll never look at that scene the same way again. Maslow tried to get his mack on with Mika, but it wasn't nearly as effective (and he's not nearly as sexy).

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  11. Better late than never. I saw all of this the very first time I watched the movie. ;) I'll watch it again just in case I actually missed something.

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  12. Thank you!!! Now I want to see that movie AGAIN even more than I did before!!! I'm totally American and I was totally like, "How come they didn't kiss?!" I thought it might've been like a Jet Li and Aaliyah thing (rumored that there would've been a kiss scene in Romeo Must Die but Jet didn't want to anger his fans in China; RACISTS!) So anyway, I'm not totally blind so I did see the chemistry, just not this deeply. Thank you so much!

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  13. I SO agree with Cinnamon and Lenoxave; Raizo was mackin hard:D I thought everything played out logically, but now I'm DYING for a sequel that gets to explore their relationship more now that they've been acquainted ;)

    @Hateya, I caught everything the first time too, but that sure didn't stop me from re-watching a bunch more times :)

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  14. @Sophiapac

    Did I imply I didn't watch it multiple times? My bad!!! :D Admittedly though, I watched the "Training Rain" segment at least 10 times more than the actual movie. Last Friday I showed it to one of my sexually repressed friends and she got all hot and bothered. Rain cures... ;)

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  15. the oh mika mika part was sooo fuckin good! but seriously when they said she put the "puce" (idk) in his mouth I was like when?? Then I recall the light kiss scene--- is that even a kiss??!

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  16. This post ain't goin' nowhere. Cinnamon knows what readers want.

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  17. The part in particular that touched me was when Mika brought Raizo water since he was thirsty, and after she says, "I didn't know about any of this", the scene cuts to Raizo's face, and his eyes are fixed intently on her mouth for a split second. Don't know why, but I just thought it was so sexy that he was watching her mouth while she talked :)

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  18. He was probably feeling shafted about the lack of a kiss scene.

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  19. I am so late on this post, but I am in love with an AM, and the first time I saw this movie I knew that there were sparks/love/romance/heat/chemistry between Mika and Raizo... it didn't need to be blatant, but I was like.. WOW.

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  20. my favorite Blasian couple, i so feel like blasting the directors for not giving Raizo and Mika more time to develop this romance, they had great chemistry, the movie would have been a great score if they allowed a kiss or even a sentimental moment. I don't know why they did this to us, everyone was quite upset they did not kiss, I personally scoffed, it would have been a warm sizzling romantic theme, but I'll rewrite the whole thing anyway since Im a writer :D

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  21. I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! Throughout the movie there where certain parts where my face was smashed against the TV screen like oohh ohhh here gonna kiss! Only to be sad disapointed when it didn't happen. I felt the chemistry between them and I keep thinking they were going to expand on it through the movie, but they didn't. I dont know why! That would have made the movie soooo much better!!

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  22. Though my comment is late, I must say that I completly agree with you. I have only seen this movie once, I took immediate attention to their chemistry. I found it refreshing and cute. Much like Aaliyah and Jet Li's chemistry on Romeo Must Die. For both movies I wanted to see a kiss or something. But the subtle chemstry that was noticable was good enough. :3

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  23. going to watch it again tonight* Great chemistry...and there are tiny moments that stand out. But those of you who know me know where my heart lies *cough-Takeshi-cough*

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  24. Hiya, Blasians!
    I stumbled upon this site, because I haven't seen the film, but heard it would've been a much BETTER film had BI and Mrs. Harris at least kissed each other! But, he is the most well known/beloved Korean in the world, and I don't think it would've played out so well if he did kiss a sista,,, Korean media would have eaten him alive! Just watch interviews of him throughout the yrs. They ONLY ask him about his 'ideal' KOREAN women, leaving absolutely NO room for any other types,,, He's worked in the states on/off for a minute, so perhaps he has in fact had some 'Chocoya' Seran(ghae)/love! He's also a MAN, so I wouldn't doubt it, BUT the K-media is VERY brutal, and would turn their backs on him quickly! In 2009/10, there was a gay K-actor whose mother pleaded w/him on nationaly K-tele, to come back; break up w/his lover and KILL himself with her! Eventually (after losing all opp. for film roles in Korea), he did indeed off himself. That's the evil extent of the pressure they're under-- publicly! Plus, the youth are bloody obsessed w/him marrying a Korean actress, no matter what! There are tons of sites dedicated to him and "Song Hye Koo," and others. If he had kissed or even made love to Mrs. Harris (on screen, folks), I honestly believe he would've lost loads of opps. in Korea, BUT would've gained the wide acceptance of Blk. America (which he would like to have, so he said a few yrs. ago). I hope someone with major pull in the Blk. film industry will cast him in an AM/BW film that takes place in Korea, whilst exploring the attitudes of their relationship there. Better yet,,, hope it would be filmed in the West, so we CAN see him kiss!!! OH, btw, he really can kiss GOOD! Watch a film called 'A LOVE TO KILL.' Hulu.com/Dramaload.com/Dramafever.com. He has a new film coming out soon about an Army pilot.
    Yum!
    *NOTE* Actor Blair Underwood (for years) refused to kiss a caucasion actress, because he stated that sista's do NOT (iow) get enough strong male lovers in films, AND that he just chose to remain loyal to the sista's that support(ed) him. Laters, I think he did give in, if I remember correctly. I guess Blair gotta eat too, eh? LOL!

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  25. @ J-bird

    I totally agree with you about the Korean media and fandom.. they are some kind of crazy. Yet, if you look at it from their POV, you can understand why they want him for themselves and are hostile to interracial romance. I mean before Bi when was the last time an Asian guy was a sex symbol? Never! And now that they have one (or indeed several) like hell are they going to share.

    Anywho, I just watched the movie last night and unless the characters were sex crazed I didn't see any opportunity for romantic development. I mean from the time Mikka and Raizo met to the end of the film, I think it was a time span of 48-72 hours, and they were running for their lives. Death, I find, is not an aphrodisiac. The romantic subtexts,though,were pretty hot. The way they looked at each other...it was all there so you know in the sequel (whether or not they make one) they definitely got it on.

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