If you’ve heard of Norwegian Ninja before now, you are savvier than I. But if not, surely it was the title that lured you to read this introductory sentence. What if I told you that the trailer more than lives up to the inherent promise of said title? Because it does, with pizzazz to spare.
It turns out I should know more about the film, as writer/director Thomas Cappelen Malling’s feature debut caused a stir at Cannes by way of sheer absurdity. Ninja is loosely based on the story of Norwegian politician and diplomat Arne Treholt, who in 1985 was convicted of high treason and espionage. Inspired by the tale, Malling wrote the book Ninja Technique II: Invisibility in Battle 1978, which imagined Treholt as the leader of a secret clan of ninjas rather than a mere spy. Malling then parlayed its cult success into a movie deal despite zero experience in the film industry. Check out the wonderfully bizarre clip after the jump.
Here’s the official synopsis via Twitch:
Kommandør Treholt & Ninjatroppen is the true story of how Commander Arne Treholt and his Ninja Force saved Norway during the Cold War. The story takes place in the time right before Treholt’s arrest on espionage charges in 1984, and reveals a spectacularly different version of our recent past than has been previously known.
Buckle up: the truth is coming.