7.9/10
28,319
110 user 44 critic

Ninja Scroll (1993)

Jûbê ninpûchô (original title)
A mysterious vagabond sets out on a journey to confront his past. Little does he know he is up against a demonic force of killers, with a ghost from his past as the leader.

Directors:

, (as Quint Lancaster)

Writer:

(original story and screenplay)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Adlon
Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young girl requests the help of a vampire hunter to kill the vampire who has bitten her, and thus prevent her from becoming a vampire herself.

Director: Toyoo Ashida
Stars: Kaneto Shiozawa, Michie Tomizawa, Seizô Katô
Ninja Scroll: The Series (TV Series 2003)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fourteen years after defeating the immortal warrior Himuro Genma and thwarting the Shogun of the Dark's evil plans, Kibagami Jubei continues to roam all over Japan as a masterless swordsman... See full summary »

Stars: Rikiya Koyama, David Rasner, Daisy Tormé
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.

Director: Masahiro Andô
Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Yuri Chinen, Kôichi Yamadera
Wicked City (1987)
Animation | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two agents - a male human and a female demon - attempt to protect a signatory for an upcoming peace ceremony between the human world and the "Black World" from radicalized demons.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Toshiko Fujita, Ichirô Nagai
Akira (1988)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura
Stars: Michael Dobson, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh
Perfect Blue (1997)
Animation | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Directors: Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest
Animation | Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government, David, posed as a teenage student to the Yokota High School on the eve of ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroyuki Kitakubo
Stars: Yûki Kudô, Saemi Nakamura, Joe Romersa
Memories (1995)
Animation | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii
Redline (2009)
Animation | Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it.

Director: Takeshi Koike
Stars: Takuya Kimura, Yû Aoi, Tadanobu Asano
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jubei Kibagami (voice)
Emi Shinohara ...
Kagero (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Dakuan (voice)
Osamu Saka ...
Masked Samurai (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ...
Genma Himuro (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ...
Doujin (voice)
Ryûzaburô Ôtomo ...
Tessai (voice)
Akimasa Ohmori ...
Shijima (voice) (as Akimasa Ômori)
Gara Takashima ...
Benisato (voice)
Katsuji Mori ...
Hanza (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Genpachi (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ...
Mujuro Utsutsu (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ...
Yurimaru (voice)
Masako Katsuki ...
Zakuro (voice)
Reizô Nomoto ...
Mushizo (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A Journeyman ninja by name of Jubei stumbles upon a plague, an evil clan of demons, a national crisis, and a beautiful ninja girl. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The man who must fight to live! A woman who doesn't wish to live! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 June 1993 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Jubei Ninpocho: The Wind Ninja Chronicles  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Emi Shinohara and Wendee Lee voice the Japanese and English versions of each other's character for this film and Yoshiaki Kawajiri's other film, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000). See more »

Goofs

When the Eight Devils of Kimon ride to Shimoda through a forest in a storm, the animation cels of the horses are placed too far above the ground, creating an unintentional "flying" effect. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bandit Boss: Thanks to your interference, Jubei, we lost 300 pieces of gold! I can't go back empty-handed!
Jubei: Well, perhaps you won't have to go back completely empty-handed...
[shows the bandit the rice ball he's eating]
Jubei: Bite?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Jambareeqi's Memories: Childhood Scares (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere, Faraway, Everyone Is Listening to a Ballad
Composed and performed by Ryôhei Yamanashi
Lyrics by Sho Jitsukawa
Arranged by Hiroshi Shinkawa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Ninja Scroll captivates.
10 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You need to see this. Ninja Scroll is a personal favorite of mine and I find many amazing aspects to this animated film.

The story, ninja action and characters are amazing. Jubei and Kigero's tale is more tragic then anything Shakespeare has thought up. The eight devils of Kimon are each interesting in their own way and some are sure to warrant more interest to you then others. By movie's end, you are sure to have felt many emotions as you watched Jubei's tale unfold.

Anyone who wants to write this off as low-class entertainment aimed at a skewed demographic must not have actually bothered to watch the film. This is high class art of the most important sense. A wonderful story with interesting characters and with enough action to fill four other movies. Ninja Scroll takes you on an adventure.

You need to see this. Highest recommendation. Please watch it with Japanese language track/ English subtitles.


53 of 74 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page