A must see for martial arts enthusiasts. Contrary to other reviews I`ve seen there is actually a plot to go along with all of the fight scenes. A boy is taken by a clan of ninjas to be raised as an assassin. He grows up with no fear and no heart until a girl from the same clan teaches him to love. She tries to escape and is made an example of. The boy kills his first target and as a reward is told to kill another girl that has tried to escape. He refuses and the clan attempt to kill him. But he has learned the art of healing and survives. And refutes his life as an assassin and one by one eliminates his fellow brothers of the clan. He meets a woman that is investigating the clan and falls for her, trying to save her from the clan. the Grand finale occurs at his boyhood home, the training ground of the clan where he encounters the brother that killed his boyhood love and the father that made him what he is.