Movie of the year...and that year is 1986.
This exact movie could have been made in the Ninjamovie heyday of the 80s. Except for the fact that the cars are newer and Sho Kosugi is absent, there is not much in this movie to differentiate it or further the genre. Basically the same plot is present: former good student goes bad and kills his master; the underdog good guy who was always not-quite-as-good-as the bad guy somehow avenges his master's death in the end after the obligatory drawn-out fight scene. The only thing unacceptable is that the bad acting/predictable story in the Ninjamovies of the 80s seems to lose its charm in 2009. Maybe credit young teen innocence allowing me to enjoy those movies back then, but I guess we all have to grow up someday. Too bad the producers of this film haven't.
On a scale of one to ten I'd give it a five. It's more like, "Eh."