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The Ninja Wars -- A fortuneteller prophesizes that whoever marries the beautiful Ukio will become the ruler of the world. Naturally, this makes her very popular with those vying for power, particularly the insatiably greedy Lord Donjo. Only the ninja Jotaro can stop Donjo's plan, but to do so, he must first battle the deadly team of "Devil Monks" serving the lord. Will Jotaro succeed in his mission?


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18 December 1982 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Hiroyuki Sanada ... Jotaro Fuefuki (as Henry Sanada)
Noriko Watanabe ... Kagaribi / Ukyodayu
Jun Miho ... Isaribi
Yuki Kazamatsuri ... Chidori (as Miho Kazamatsuri)
Strong Kongô ... Kongôbô (as Kongo Kobayashi)
Mikio Narita ... Kashin Koji
Gajirô Satô ... Curly haired Evil Monk (as Gajiro Sato)
Noboru Matsuhashi ... Miyoshi
Akira Hamada

Seizô Fukumoto
Nokoda Kawai
Sanji Kojima
Hiroshi Tanaka ... Hanzo Hattori
Tyrus Bromley ... Devil Monk #4
Syunji Sasamoto
Rantaro Mine
Yoshiji Nakahigashi
Mieko Hoshino
Reiko Tamano
Yasumori Hikita
Yukio Miyagi
Kazuyuki Kosuga
Gentarô Mori
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shin'ichi Chiba ... Shinzaemon Yagyu (uncredited)
Akira Nakao ... Donjo Matsunaga (uncredited)

Directed by
Kôsei Saitô 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ei Ogawa 
Fûtarô Yamada  novel

Produced by
Haruki Kadokawa .... executive producer
Masao Satô .... producer
Izumi Toyoshima .... producer
Original Music by
Toshiaki Yokota 
Cinematography by
Fujio Morita 
Film Editing by
Isamu Ichida 
Art Direction by
Norimichi Igawa 
Kazuyoshi Sonoda 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isao Yoshihara .... assistant director
Isao Yoshiwara .... assistant director
Sound Department
Fumio Hashimoto .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Hideo Suzuki .... special effects director
Shin'ichi Chiba .... action coordinator (as Sony Chiba)
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshiaki Masuda .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Junko Koshino .... wardrobe advisor
Other crew
Yukiko Morimura .... continuity
Toshio Sugawara .... choreographer

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Also Known As:
"Iga ninpôchô" - Japan (original title)
"Death of a Ninja" - USA (DVD title)
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Japan:100 min | USA:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The Epic of All Time!!, 15 August 2000
Author: doctor_zaius from Denver, Colorado

This film is a classic in every sense of the word. Complex plot, scintillating dialogue, fantastically choreographed fight scenes, great special effects. What else can I say. I first saw this film in 1985 and have probably watched it over 100 times since then. I never get tired of it. Everybody I have shared this film with has enjoyed it thoroughly. If you do not like this film, you have no appreciation for foreign culture and are probably from Texas, or should move there.

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