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Norwegian Ninja – Trailer

von Alex am 07.06.2010   |   Sonstiges

Am Wochenende hatte ich noch mit einem Freund darüber geredet, das es irgendwie keinen gescheiten Ninja-Film (zumindest wir kennen keinen) gibt und jetzt klopft das Produktionsteam, die auch schon für Dead Snow verantwortlich waren, den Über-Ninja-Themed-Film raus – Norwegian Ninja – und das ganze sieht nach einem herrlichen Trashfilmchen aus. Ich mag sowas ja. Hier noch der kurze Snip zur Story…

The story takes place in the time right before Commander Arne Treholt’s arrest on espionage charges in 1984, and reveals a spectacularly different version of our recent past than has been previously known.


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Ole am 14.08.2010 um 12:43 Uhr

Kommandør Treholt & Ninjatroppen (Norwegian Ninja)

Well, I’ve seen the film yesterday. Quite cool as a 70’s/80’s trash parody on anything James-Bondish, Star Wars, and the cold war. And it’s exploiting general Norwegian stereotypes about the countryside, the good life, and traditions. You’ll enjoy it with some friends and some beers, I’m sure. However, the movie is not the plain, simple beer-with-the-boys fun as, e.g. “Store flate baller” was.

The movie gets beyond simple, satiric trash non-sense based on both well-known movie clichees and bits and pieces from recent Norwegian history. It presentes the cold war situation of the early 1980s, where Scandinavians could not really trust on anyone, with the NATO countries creating a „Soviet Submarine“ craze to manufacture consent for extended nuclear missile stationing in Europe.
Consequently, Commander Treholt and his ninjas get sucked into a large conspiracy, fighting a secret organization that has its own agenda in the cold war.

Who wouldn’t think over the Norwegian borders, e.g. check the NATO’s Gladio organization. However, in the Norwegian context, the bad guys are PST, the secret service, who during the cold war constantly was in conflict with democratic boundaries (see Lund commission in the 90’s). The movie consequently depicts them as sabotaging their own people for the sake of a larger political agenda.

The movie is rather unusually outspoken over issues than simply are not spoken about in Norway. One of the ninja recruits, being asked by a beautiful woman about why he joined the ninjas, simply replies that he actually is a pacifist, but faces 3 years in prison if he declines his invitation to the Ninjas. Remember that Norway may be the world’s best country where it comes to woman quota in corporate boards, and to government-paid for „baby years“ – but military service still is based on gender discrimination, where solely men get to enjoy cold winters in the north on government expense.

The film contains numours references to the Norwegian heritage, society, and politics that might be harder to grasp for someone less familiar with history. In one scene, where king Olav shall be kidnapped, a whole loop of wordplay around „evacuation of the king“ is played, ending with the order to „evacuate the king, and use any deadly violence necessary if he refuses to be evacuated.“ Which is a rather nasty joke on the fact that many Norwegians have their own opinion about the royal family being the first to flee the country during the German invasion in World War II. Nontheless, the ninja acrobatics framing the evacuation dialogue can be considered as one of the funniest in ninja parody.

One philosophical insight, however, sticks. King Olav tells the young recruits the secret of a happy life. It is to follow one’s destiny. Enough to create outrage – from the mouth of a king who inherited his job in a society of the „equal“ – this statement is amended by these king’s words:
„Don’t be worried about prison – the only true prison is that of choice.“ Well, at the end of the movie, one character will be in prison, happily running rounds on a running track under supervision of his prison guards.
Somehow makes you think, next time all those coworkers who never open their mouth in a good norwegian workgroup meeting run off at 4 p.m. to fulfil their pensum in mountain biking, running or nordic skiing….

Gorgeous movie, but Norwegians, be warned, it may contain things you rather wouldn’t talk or think about while you’re workig out!

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