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Ninja Scroll

Stephen Apostolina , Dean Elliott , Kevin Seymour , Yoshiaki Kawajiri    Unrated   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
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A peak achievement of Japanese animation (anime), a propulsive mix of samurai action adventure and supernatural fantasy from writer-director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Supernatural Best City). This is defiantly animation for grown-ups, complete with fountains of blood, plenty of naked flesh, and (in both the subtitled and dubbed versions) some decidedly strong language. (Students of Japanese language could pick up some useful expressions.) The plot sounds like a 16th century variation on the X-Files: An entire village has been wiped out by a mysterious plague and an anti-government conspiracy of invulnerable demons seems to be responsible. A wandering ninja, Jubei, and his female counterpart, Kagero, team up to defeat the plotters. Jubei is a classic reluctant hero, agreeing to participate in the mission only after being fed a slow-acting poison; the antidote will be supplied after he cooperates. And Kagero, a looker whose embrace is lethal, is a femme fatale with a difference that seems distinctively Japanese: sexual contact itself is poisonous, especially for a warrior with a pure-soul. --David Chute

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Modern Anime's Great Three June 12 2003
Three movies--Akira, Ghost In The Shell and Ninja Scroll--each broke new ground and pushed the genre in the mainstream. "Ninja Scroll" is the most fun and watchable of these efforts, and despite the fact that it was released in 1996, continues to be among, if not THE best, in ninja/swordsmanship movies.
This is one of those "three-watchers": watch once to get acquainted, twice to fully understand, and three times to get the full effect. You could very well leave impressed after your first viewing, but numerous viewings reveal more and more each time.
Wandering ninja Jubei Kibagami (based on a popular swordsman of Japanese lore) is drawn into a battle with the Eight Devils of Kimon, with the beautiful and lethal Kagero on his side, as well as a government agent. Jubei must survive battles with each of the Devils--a rock-skinned hulk, a blind swordsman, a portable wasp hive, a snake-controller, a re-animator/shadow manipulator, a wire-toting electrecutor, an explosives expert and a resurrectable boss--all the while attempting to solve a mystery revolving around gold, murdered villagers and a mysterious plague.
The animation is top-notch. It isn't thin and computer-like, as in Ghost in the Shell, but it's as close as you can get to a moving Marvel or Image Comic. Everything is lightning fast and no sounds are wasted: you'll notice every chirping bird or falling leaf with the tension that this film builds. The shots are masterfully beautiful--a charging Jubei is shown via reflection on the blind swordsman's sword held close to his face--and the animation is consistent throughout.
Not to confuse what you might have heard--the violence is extremely graphic, not the sex scenes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Always liked this anime but... March 17 2004
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This anime isn't for children or the overly sensitive. It's not as mysogenist as some people say. It takes place in feudal Japan where the social climate concerning women was less than egalitarian. In fact, this movie makes social commentary on it and it is one of the main themes. Sure, there's some male chovanist fan fare but 90% of the anime industry is that. 90% of all movies out there are that. The female character is essentially in opposition to this.
In terms of action, this movie has an over the top feel. It's over indulgent. I personally feel it's done extremely well.
I get the feeling the same people who were offended by this movie might be the same type who would call Starship Troopers a facsist movie. They miss the point of the movie completely - an entirely shallow perception.
Now for the reason why I gave this DVD 1 star.
The good points about this DVD are 5.1 and 6.1 Japanese and English dialogue, and stereo French and Spanish. The older version only has Stereo Japanese and English.
If you already have Ninja Scroll you might consider spending your money elsewhere unless you have a 5.1 or 6.1 system and need to have this sound format. If you don't already have Ninja Scroll, then you might just consider buying this version for the sake of future proofing...
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The first time I saw this... it was an acquisition of my older sister who got it on special (and not from Amazon). There were some pros and cons of watching the movie when about thirteen, the main reason being partly a result of not having noticed that the movie was R-rated and that it also had sexual references. But, happy-go-youngster that I was then, I still plodded on with it (open-eyed and quickly shushing the machine through the first half-hour - well, it's not exactly something you want to watch with your parents, is it.).
However, after a few years of loving Neon Genesis Evangelion and then returning to Tolkien mania with fanfiction, Harry Potter with the release of Book 5, and a generous gift of the Gundam Wing Series from said same sister, I decided to come back to Ninja Scroll. And whoa! It was beyond great! The plot is balanced so nicely with just enough character development to satisfy your cravings whilst also supplying violence in the amount to be perhaps gruesome, but quite necessary to both balance the tension in the plot and also keep me convinced of the storyline (well, they are devils that Jubei's fighting). The characters were all wonderful in that they managed to blend so well to support the plot. My only qualm was that Jubei always seemed to reach near death with coughing up blood and everything, and yet he still managed to get up and walk or climb away from the deathscenes with grace. Maybe the script writer noticed this too, because in Ninja Scroll: The Series (Vol. 1), they showed him bandaging himself up.
Highly recommended, even for those people who don't like violence or rape scenes. Ninja Scroll needn't be just about violence, nor just about the characters. It's a movie that both groups can enjoy. The graphics are believable (Kagero's assault is believably drawn). And as for the bishounen yaoi fans? Well - choose it! Yurimaru is a bit arrogant, but he's full of angst and of course is also quite beautiful (and hilariously huffy)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anime at it's best
Awesome action anime, strong characters with a great action story.
Published 11 days ago by Luis M Barroqueiro
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Classic!!! Anyone who watches anime must watch.
Published 13 days ago by Jermaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Japanese anime ever with great price and fast shipping.
Published 1 month ago by Gregory Ciortan
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD specs
I have seen this movie many times. The 4x3 aspect ratio as the only option is disappointing, and the audio is weird, sounds like your watching the movie in a big cave. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Pellegrini
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic
Can't go wrong with this one. Better then the TV series. I think the DVD would be as good as the blurry, you could save some money and not notice much difference.
Published 3 months ago by ronald Schlueter
5.0 out of 5 stars Well you clean up real nice!
This was the first anime film I ever watched. Got me hooked needless to say.

This bluray still holds true to original format. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Justin Pyevach
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have movie for anime enthusiasts
The movie was great from start to finish. I appreciated the humour and the action; albeit gruesome at times. If you love anime you will appreciate this movie.
Published 14 months ago by Bose Blokland
Ninja Scroll is yet another film released by Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Cyber City Oedo, Wicked City, Demon City Shinjuku, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust), one of my favourite anime film... Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Nexus
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Classic
Classic anime on a Blu-ray. Animation, story, action--everything is stellar and top-notch. It has a gritty feel, but in a good way. Read more
Published 18 months ago by DANIEL K MAK
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money and Save Yourself!
Ok before I give my reviews, I must say if you haven't heard of Ninja Scroll, then you've either just waken from a 17-year coma or you just plainly have no clue about Japanese... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2010 by Mike J.
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