Ninja: Shadow of a Tear

Beautifully choreographed fight scenes

These straight-to-DVD martial arts movies are a dime a dozen. And while I couldn’t be called a fan, the beautifully choreographed and executed fight scenes made this one surprisingly worthwhile.

Scott Adkins is the real deal. Though hardly Oscar material, he’s handsome and suitably hunky, an impressive martial arts pro with glowering badassitude who moves through his one-against-many battles with fluidity and grace—kind of like Steven Seagal’s self-image.

The icing on the cake is that, between the fighting, the drama’s seriously awful. But in a good bad-movie kind of way. Oof! Japanese title: Ninja Avengers. (95 min)