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Ninja Scroll (1986)

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
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Studio: Manga Video
Genre: Anime, Action Anime, Martial Arts, Ninja
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature takes place in more of a sword-and-sorcery epic set in feudal Japan. Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun. A story of impossible love between Jubei and Kagero is somewhat interesting, but the true draw of Ninja Scroll is its action sequences. The dazzling swordplay of Japanese live-action samurai movies is not often seen in the animated genre, which tends more towards science fiction; however, this animated work has fight scenes in abundance. Although its content is too strong for children, adult fans of Japanese animation, samurai films, and fantasy should find it enjoyable.
~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, All Movie Guide

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Shockingly violent but I guess it's a classic by hneline1 July 30, 2002 - 12:54 AM PDT
13 out of 13 members found this review helpful
Dang, and I thought Vampire Hunter D was violent. That movie is prudish compared to this one. In this movie, you will find blood spurting, heads rolling, bodies cut in half, arms torn off, merciless beatings, nudity, rape, and other shockingly violent scenes. I watched it because people have told me it's a classic. It's been described as the pinnacle of the ninja genre. So... ok, I'm impressed with the action sequences and I can see how its elements influenced anime ranging from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust to Samurai Jack. Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri ( Wicked City, Biohunter) did a great job with the narrative flow and creating the creepy demons that Jubei Kibagami (no stated relation to the famous Jubei Yagyu of legend) must fight. I just can't stomach the gore. If you're into that stuff, have fun.

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