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18 December 1982 (Japan) See more »
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The True Professionals of Death!
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Unlike anything you will ever see... See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (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
Gentaro Mori
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Shin'ichi Chiba ... Shinzaemon Yagyu (uncredited)
Akira Nakao ... Donjo Matsunaga (uncredited)
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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
 
Stunts
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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Additional Details

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
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Unlike anything you will ever see..., 3 September 2002

...But it's not for everyone. The first time I saw it, in my early teens, I don't think I finished watching it. Of course I liked the nudity (ranging from fat to ultra-thin women), but it sure wasn't my idea of a ninja movie. Years later I watched it again, and eventually it became my favorite film. If you're like me and you think ninjas are inherently funny, cool, or both, then at least give this one a shot. But I think you have to have some sort of rare gene to really appreciate it anywhere near as much as I do. You can read other reviews on this site to get an idea of how bizarre it is. In my opinion, it is an incredibly well made film. The photography, color and compositions weren't something I noticed when I was younger, but now... And the set designs and costumes are equally impressive. And the music! That's especially subjective, but I love it. Even the things in this movie that I can see being easy targets to negative criticism are equally lovable, if only for humor value. If you have no interest in anything Japanese, I suppose I would advise you not to bother tracking it down, or if you are turned off by movies that are not easily digestible, but otherwise find it amazed! Or baffled. Or angry with me. ***By the way, I've seen this movie more times than any other, but I have yet to find Jackie Chan's cameo! Does anyone have any idea where he appears?***

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