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VIFF: Checkered Ninja

VIFF: Checkered Ninja

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for
The Vancouver International Film Festival

VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe and boasts the largest Canadian film program in the world.

For its 38th year, VIFF welcomes the world to Vancouver from

September 26 – October 11, 2019.

For the most up to date and full schedule visit:

All VIFF shows at The Rio are +19 only, so please bring valid ID

No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings

Ternet Ninja

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

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A box-office smash in Denmark, this movie is nothing if not irreverent, featuring profanity, sex jokes, and some pretty harsh violence along with its bouncy animation. The opening moments take us to a toy-manufacturing sweatshop in Thailand, where we meet a very evil businessman and witness the coming to life of the titular doll character. The Checkered Ninja soon winds up in Denmark as a gift to young Aske; once the geeky, oft-bullied adolescent discovers his new possession has a life of its own and can teach him to fight, the scene is set for some butt-kicking. Unbeknownst to Aske, however, the Ninja is out for blood…

Is this your typical computer-animated feature? No. Does it push the boundaries of taste? Yes. Is it riotously funny, satirically sharp, and cannily subversive? Again, yes. Co-directors Thorbjørn Christoffersen and Anders Matthesen (the latter adapting his own bestselling book) have crafted a deliciously naughty film about coming of age and the morality of vengeance. The cherry on top is the booming rap soundtrack.

“Slickly entertaining… brazenly atypical.” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through the VIFF site.

Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available in person sales start Sept at Vancity Theatre Box office, 1181 Seymour St. noon – 6pm.
VIFF General Inquiries to

General Inquiries


Phone: 604.685.0260

Membership (Basic)

Phone: 604.685.0260

VIFF+ Membership

Phone: 778.328.7817

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