Korean star draws screams at premiere
Thursday’s preem of Warner Bros.’ “Ninja Assassin” at the Chinese had director James McTeigue smiling afterward.“I love the screaming that came up, particularly every time Rain came on to the screen,” he said during the after-party at Hollywood’s Yamashiro. “This isn’t exactly ‘Citizen Kane,’ but it came out quite well as a combination of anime, genre and noir.” Toughest part of the 45-day shoot, he mused, was at an old Kraftwerks plant in Berlin. “We were kind of entombed for 10 days — pretty surreal, because you really do feel cut off from the world,” he said. Screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski recalled a similarly surreal component of the pic, completing a rewrite in between a Tuesday and Friday six weeks before lensing started. “I had two hours sleep in 53 hours and had to get a new coffeemaker to get it done,” he said.