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.
Watching this on blu-ray was surely a treat. I have not seen it before and when I saw this was releasing I had to add it to the collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Darren
One of the greatest Japanamation films I have ever seen. The story and artwork are topnotch. Can't recommend it enough.Published 7 months ago by James Yasinski
Great movie. Pissed poor bluray. Truly an embarrassment. Square, not Widescreen. Video and audio quality well below standards. No special features. Read morePublished 10 months ago by warwulf
Awesome action anime, strong characters with a great action story.Published 12 months ago by Luis M Barroqueiro
Best Japanese anime ever with great price and fast shipping.Published 13 months ago by Gregory Ciortan