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Ninja Scroll

Stephen Apostolina , Dean Elliott , Kevin Seymour , Yoshiaki Kawajiri    Unrated   DVD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Modern Anime's Great Three June 12 2003
By Chon-ny
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Always liked this anime but... March 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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.
IT'S NOT WIDESCREEN AS IT SAYS ON THE BOX! THEY JUST CUT THE TOP AND THE BOTTOM OFF THE IMAGE, THUS MAKING THE IMAGE EVEN SMALLER THAN 4:3 TV FORMAT. THOSE PEOPLE YOU USED TO HEAR IN THE VIDEO RENTAL STORE COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW THE MOVIE THEY RENTED HAD THE TOP AND BOTTOM CUT OFF... WELL THIS DVD MAKES THEM RIGHT!
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well you clean up real nice! March 23 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This was the first anime film I ever watched. Got me hooked needless to say.

This bluray still holds true to original format. The battles have never looked so crisp.

If you have yet to see this film anime fan or not, I highly recommend it to any film buff. Terrific!
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5.0 out of 5 stars as expected. Feb. 20 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This dvd is a digitally remastered re-release of the original 1994 masterpiece. Which means it has better sound+
picture quality & is a bare -bones release - no Special Features to speak of, just some trailers + disc credits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have movie for anime enthusiasts July 4 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "BURN IN YOUR GOLDEN HEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLL!!" June 21 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 directors aside from Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Dead Leaves), Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion), and Hayao Miyazaki (anything he has done).
Yoshiaki Kawajiri's known for his violent and 'mysogenistic' anime work, and Ninja Scroll is definitely no exception, as it has gratuitous nudity and lots of brutal violence.
The film itself is about Jubei, a vagabond ninja who stumbles upon a government spy who pretty much blackmails him into fighting the seven demons of... something (I honestly forgot, I can't believe it!) and topple a plot to start a civil war in Japan. Jubei's pretty reluctant about this whole ordeal (since he's basically doing the spy's job) until he finds out that the leader of the demons is his own nemesis returned from the dead named Genma. Tagging along on this journey is the beautiful kunoichi Kagero who has a special poisonous defense mechanism that comes in handy in more than one situation (Yes, a female main character in an anime who ISN'T a useless fan service gimmick!). All of this chaos that was cleverly woven together eventually comes down to (in my opinion) one of the greatest showdowns between the main protagonist and the main villain ever animated in an anime film (and realistic, too... to a point, of course!).
The only problem I have with this movie was that in about the first quarter of the film there is an annoying background noise effect going on (you know, the one that kind of sounds like waves on an ocean), but luckily this noise vanishes in an noticeable fashion, quickly enough as to not take away the complete enjoyment of the film.
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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 13 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Even good with overdubs
The thing that bothers me the most with Anime from Asia is the sometimes horrible overdubs in English that sound flat and unimaginative. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Anime flicks
Ninja Scroll is about a masterless ninja named Jubei who basically wanders around Japan looking to work for anyone worthy of his service. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by supernova
3.0 out of 5 stars Mehh....
I don't want to piss the NS fans out there but I don't see how good this is? I mean I have to agree with one reviewer, this is one of the coolest animes but I didn't think it was... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Robert evans
5.0 out of 5 stars This is alot better than Princess Mononoke!!
I have only seen this anime twice but its alot better than most martial arts anime. This was alot better than Princess Mononoke or Rurouni Kenshin. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by KarlMarxEmilioZapata
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime at its best
I love this movie, everything about it is awesome. The fight scenes are cool. This movie has the greatest death scene ever. I wont spoil the surprise to those who have not seen it
Published on May 18 2004 by The Dove
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Adult Manga Entertainment
Four words that come to mind when watching the first half hour of this film. I had to watch it twice to really appreciate the storyline. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Viewing (just be prepared for the R-rating)
The first time I saw this... it was an acquisition of my older sister who got it on special (and not from Amazon). Read more
Published on May 3 2004
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