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Ninja Scroll

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  • Actors: Stephen Apostolina, Dean Wein, Wendee Lee, Richard Epcar, Richard Cansino
  • Directors: Kevin Seymour, Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Writers: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Producers: David Del Rio, Eiichi Takahashi, Haruo Sai, John Ledford, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Release Date: Oct. 24 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305014140
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,338 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Ninja Scroll

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
Anyone who's into animation from Japan knows this is a classic, so I can't say much that will sound like a complete rehash of common knowledge. It's a landmark film that helped to define an entire genre, with themes and action sequences that pretty much stand the test of time. The blu-ray is troublesome, though. The scene where Jubei fights Mujuro Utsutsu in the bamboo forest has been ruined. For many of these shots, the upper half of the frame is tinged with green--something that wasn't in previous DVD or VHS renditions from Manga Entertainment. This rendering of Ninja Scroll is perfect otherwise, but it's unforgivable that they ruined perhaps the greatest scene in the entire film.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It is through this movie that I've been initiated to Japanese anime and it remains, for me, one of the best. I haven't watched it for many years before I finally decided to buy it and I almost feel sad that I waited so long as it brought back great memories as I found it to be as amazing and entertaining as the first time I watched it.

The story is fairly simple and straightforward as one epic fight leads to another but it's very intense, well thought and it's animated beautifully. The combat choreographs are diverse and entertaining and the quality of the image is beautiful and clean.

Be aware that it's very violent, bloody, gore and sexually explicit so if you intend to show it to your anime-loving kids you'd better wait a couple of years.

On a side note, it is specified that the disc has been manufactured to be played in Canada and USA only and I had some issues playing it on my Panasonic Blu-Ray player as it wouldn't detect my location properly. I am not sure if the issue comes from the disc (as I was able to play it on my PS3) or the player (which I find crappy for many reasons) but I thought it was worth mentioning.
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