One of the noticeable things about most of the stuff we’ve seen from Ninja Assassin so far is the lack of explicit blood-spilling. The movie still looks badass, but I’ve been wondering if it has been toned-down for the trailers, to be viewable by a more general audience.

Well, with this latest red-band trailer blood splatter has ceased to be a worry. This is one helluva of a bloody trailer (not Hostel bloody, but still…), and shows that we’re in for a full-on ride when the movie hits theaters (which is today, actually). Before we move onto the red-band trailer, here’s a little reminder for those of you who may not be familiar with what Ninja Assassin is about:

Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.

And now, without further ado, here’s the red-band trailer for Ninja Assassin. Needless to say it’s NSFW (you have to enter your age before viewing) – but that aside, take a look and enjoy the bloody mayhem, courtesy of IGN:

For a hi-res version, go HERE.

Early opinions on Ninja Assassin have been mixed (34% on Rotten Tomatoes), with some people having a problem with the heavy use of CGI (which we can see more of in the above trailer, along with all the blood) and the frenetic style of shooting (read: shaky cam). But I’m still willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt, just because of the amazing-looking fighting (sometimes hand-to-hand, sometimes with weapons) and the hard edge this red-band trailer now confirms it has. Even if the story sucks, give me a big helping of those two things and I’ll be a happy camper.

What do you think of this decisively more blood-drenched red-band trailer for Ninja Assassin? Are you looking forward to this movie? With the kind of movie it is, are you willing to forgive certain aspects (such as story) in lieu of some ninja action?

Ninja Assassin opens in theaters today in the U.S., and on January 8th, 2010 in the UK.

Source: IGN (thanks to /Film)