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The Hunted (1995) Poster

(1995)

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Exterior shots of the train were filmed on location on Japan, however, the interior shots were filmed on a set at Bridge Studios in Vancouver, B.C. The scenery rushing by outside the windows was simulated using large rotating drums with "blurred" scenery painted on it.
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The split toed footwear seen throughout the film most notably with the ninja are called Tabi. They are designed to accentuate the gripping power of the foot and provide better "ground feel".
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The swords used by the Makato are known as Ninjato or Shinobigatana. It is widely debated by practitioners of Ninjitsu and Japanese historians if the swords were even used during the history of the Ninja, as there is little to no documentation or relics from the era. It is theorized that they are a Hollywood fabrication made famous by the "Ninja Craze" films of the 80's namely the films of veteran actor Sho Kosugi.
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When Lord Takeda is introduced he is instructing students in the art of Kendo. It is essentially sparring with bamboo training swords known as Shinai and the distinctive dark blue armor called kendogu.
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The many "hand to hand" weapons used in the film are fairly unique to Japan, to note a few.

-Ninjato- The Ninjas primary weapon.

-Shuriken- Commonly known as "Ninja Stars" they vary in design due to their use and from clan to clan with many groups having their signature design as seen in the film.

-Manriki- A length of chain weighted at both ends, it was used to either ensnare or be used at distance to attack a foe.

-Kusarigama- The chain and sickle, used to either keep distance with the weighted end or ensnare and dispatch foes with the blade.

-Tanto- A short sword easily concealed and preferred in tight spaces.
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The casino-esque place Racine hides in is a Pachinko parlor and where the namesake game is played. The ball bearings work like tokens to play various games for prizes due to the fact that monetary gambling is illegal in Japan. To workaround this law often times a pawn shop like store will be nearby to exchange won prizes for money, these shops are rumored to be run by the Yakuza.
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Exterior shots of the hotel at the beginning of the film is the Sandman Signature Hotel located at 10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC, however at the time it was a Delta Hotel.
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The bullet train station was filmed at the Waterfront Station on the Skytrain Expo Line in Vancouver, BC.
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The fishing dock where Lambert & co. travel to the island is located in Steveston, BC.
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Much of the film was shot in the Greater Vancouver area, in May & June 1994. An open casting call for extras was held in April 1994 at the Holiday Inn on Howe St. Extras were paid $10/hour, however if you were given a speaking part (thus technically becoming an "actor"), your pay jumped to $1000 for the day.
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