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I’m not a typical anime fan, I’ve not seen that many films and series but what I have seen I love. From Akira to Death Note, when I watch them they make me want to watch more, and to have time to put into what I know could easily become an obsession. This is why when I have the chance to review some I snap it up as quickly as I can. Ninja Scroll turns out to be one of these chances and I was lucky with this one. Written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Ninja Scroll is seen (along with Akira and Ghost in the Shell) as being one of the big titles that opened up western eyes to the world of anime, and how lucky »
Ninja Scroll, 1993.
Written and Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri.
A mercenary ninja is forced into fighting an old nemesis who leads a group of superpowered demons.
When people discuss ‘classic anime’, several titles always pop up. Ghost in the Shell and Akira are two such names as they were the ones that broke the Western market, but the other name that always comes up is Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s 1993 "masterpiece" Ninja Scroll, which is released today on DVD and Blu-Ray in all its uncut glory.
Now, I’m not really a fan of anime and happen to think that movies such as the aforementioned Akira are incredibly overrated. But that is not to say I am set in my ways against the art form. I don’t really like romcoms, but I will watch Love Actually every year without fail. »
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Running Time: 87 minutes
Ninja Scroll was one of the first animes to slap me in the face and scream “Never Give Up On Cartoons You Handsome Devil”, and I never did. Fast approaching its 20th anniversary, Ninja Scroll was one of the animes to storm into western culture and mark its territory. With grotesque but not overused gore, sex, and characters undergoing real moral conundrums, this was a cartoon that demanded respect…otherwise it would probably slice your face open.
It all begins with an incredible scene that captures the tone of the film perfectly. A ninja is accosted by a gang, only for them to be shown who’s boss. One of the gang bursts from a suit constructed of wood, which places this film firmly in the realms of imagination. There are simple »
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Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including Jp, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car - all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. »
4 items from 2012
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