11.27.2010

The Narrative Celebrates "Ninja Assassin's" Anniversary

Naomie Harris lit up the screen with her beauty and realistic screams of terror. I'm waaaay behind on movies and this was the first time I've seen her. I thought she and Rain had chemistry and I wanted to see sparks ignite. That's my biggest disappointment with the movie. I know Raizo was more focused on avenging his childhood love's horrific death and getting his life back, but I still think there was room for romance between him and Mika.

Mika almost dies trying to help Raizo and there wasn't even a kiss at the end between the two? Tragic, just tragic. My husband said the film lacked depth in story and I agree for that reason. There was something missing. For me it was a building sexual tension between these two characters that could have exploded and taken the movie to the next level.


On November 25, 2009, Hollywood unleashed a film people (read: women) have been talking about and Googling a full year later.  Long after people (read: black women) stopped chatting about Star Trek (2009) and the whole mess which came with that.

The Narrative originally started on shaky ground (mainly because of location) but took off once we formed the Addicts' Circle.  We went from being a few ladies drooling over His Unbearable Sexiness and coining our own language to being a family of literally thousands (worldwide, no less!).

The Narrative curtsies to our favorite leading couple and thanks them for a year of blood, limbs, electric chemistry, and smoldering sexual tension.

*curtsy*

22 comments:

  1. It's been a year already? Damn, time flies!

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  2. Wow! What an incredible ride this has been and continues to be. It's a pleasure getting to know e'one on this site.

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  3. It's amazing how far we've come. And all the things we've learned!

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  4. And to think...I didn't see this movie until about April or May-ish of this year. Where the hell was I?

    But anyway, if it wasn't for Ninja Assassin, I probably still wouldn't know who Rain is or found the original Narrative, so no complaints here.

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  5. I couldn't get anyone to go see it in theaters with me, and so I gave up. I never saw the full trailer; so I didn't know about Naomie being in it until much later. That's when I started, ahem, watching it online until it was available for purchase on DVD.

    And did you guys notice how much the trailer downplays her presence in the film? Like they were trying to "surprise" audience with the black female lead.

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  6. @ Ankh - I remember sneering @ the trailer and saying Naomie would be reduced to a "sidekick". It was one of the reason's I didn't bother to see it.

    I was also like Who The F*ck is Rain anyway? LMAO! Boy have times changed. :-)

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  7. @Ankh

    You know...now that I think about it, I don't remember seeing Naomie in any of the trailers I used to see on TV. I had no idea a black woman was in it until I read it somewhere. That's the real reason I wanted to see it.

    Hmmm...I wonder if they thought people wouldn't come see the movie if they advertised a possible romance between Rain/Raizo and a black woman?

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  8. I had no idea a black woman was in it until I read it somewhere. That's the real reason I wanted to see it.

    I wanted to see Rain, but when I found out he was starring opposite a black women, I had to see it.

    I wonder if they thought people wouldn't come see the movie if they advertised a possible romance between Rain/Raizo and a black woman?

    I don't think so. Romeo Must Die made a pretty penny, and I think more people (read: black women) would've gone to see the film a lot sooner if they'd known about Naomie Harris.

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  9. Yeah pretty sneaky tactic bot showing her in the trailers but for the fans who did see it no matter what race, it drew them in and they ended up watching it regardless of a black herione. I actually appreciate such a small effort considering they snatched Out all the other golden Blasian opportunities because what they showed by doing that was that it didn't matter if the heroine is black . You're gonna bring your asses to watch it anyway and if they "advisemently" kiss you're GONNA like it. It was almost a casual handling of Blasian relationships. By not making the black herione a big deal In tv trailers it was kinda treating it like it was a natural coupling. Just IMHO

    Speaking if which, I just read a couple of comment pages on a forum asking "would Asian men marry a black woman" etc. After reading the comments, some good some bad of course, I have to say it's such a comfort that this blog exists. There was one Asian guy who made a VERY good point about "awareness" and u was just thinking more than these color lines, that's the biggest thing that's hdingus back. We just gotta let each other know. So if none of you do know, there will be the first ever Blasian magazine launched Jan 8th. I look forward to that particular flame to further ignite this littlebig Blasian movement.

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  10. So sorry for the ridiculous typos >.<
    "accidently" kiss
    Holding us back*

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  11. Starman: starman | May 26, 2010 | Reply
    This is a followup to my earlier post

    Another thing I wanted to clear up is when an Asian man refuses to date you, it could be that he is simply not attracted to YOU (as a individual) not that he is not attracted to black women as a group. For example I love black women but that does not mean I am attracted to EVERY SINGLE BLACK WOMEN!! So if you are rejected by an Asian man (or black woman) don't simply assume that he or she isn't attracted to your race or ethnicity as a whole, because thats a cowardly explanation and easy way out.

    I think some people who are interested in the AM/BW relationship are impatient and want to hurry it along, and get frustrated when they see so little progress, hence its easy to start blaming the other group with many excuses as they can muster. I think the reason why Asian men and black women had not been hooking up in the past is due largely to the fact that black African American women and Asian men have been faithful to their counterparts and this started to change when they witness their counterparts leaving to date other races in large numbers. Also negative stereotypes also played a important role keeping AM and BW apart in America.

    I like to point out, that although am/bw relationships are rare and may never reach the same level as other IR relationships eg. white men/Asian women, it is nevertheless a beautiful thing.

    I want to quote my horticultural friend who has a passion for growing orchids, he said:

    "An orchid is rare, you must be gentle and patient with it, when it blooms it becomes the most beautiful thing"

    Replace the word "orchid" with "am/bw relations" and I hope you get what I'm trying to say.


    http://m.topix.com/forum/asian-american/T0OOTE478IMOI36IR/p5

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  12. This was also pointed out by starman in his defense that not all Asians hate black people; an article on Blasian miss china town

    http://m.topix.com/forum/asian-american/T0OOTE478IMOI36IR/p5



    Yeah it is beautiful *day dreaming*

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  13. http://m.topix.com/forum/asian-american/T0OOTE478IMOI36IR/p5

    And then there is this ^_^ sorry for the link overload xD

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  14. So sweet.... Im so glad Asian.M/Black.W Love is rising

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  15. I forgot it did come out around November. look at that pic, its so cute.

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  16. They make a fabulous couple. Too bad they didn't start something in real life.

    Imagine what their kids would look like.

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  17. I think the online trailer I first saw for the movie did include Naomi Harris at least briefly. I watched it on the political blog The Black Snob. I live in the middle of no where and our 4 screen theater doesn't offer much so I just added it to my Netflix cue and forgot about it for a while after Googling Rain and watching the I'm coming video.

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  18. I had no idea a black woman was in it until I read it somewhere. That's the real reason I wanted to see it.

    Same here and when I heard that there was no romance between the two main characters I put off watching the movie. I had known about Rain (even going so far as buying Speed Racer on DVD because he was in it) and was into K-pop before Ninja Assassin came however during the period when Ninja Assassin was released, I was moving between two countries.

    I have to say I'm still upset that there wasn't a stated/obvious Blasian romance in Ninja Assassin. I mean, come on! It's even somewhat frustrating now that there's a new movie coming out The Warrior's Way, a "film about an East Asian warrior assassin who is forced to hide in the American badlands after refusing a mission. Along the way, he meets a hot white chick who he makes out with, fights cowboys, and then fights ninjas".

    Of course the hot Korean guy makes out with the hot white chick...but the parallels with Ninja Assassin stand out so clearly...I just...sigh

    @Kenji

    Thanks for the links!

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  19. It's even somewhat frustrating now that there's a new movie coming out The Warrior's Way, a "film about an East Asian warrior assassin who is forced to hide in the American badlands after refusing a mission. Along the way, he meets a hot white chick who he makes out with, fights cowboys, and then fights ninjas".

    *boycotting*

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