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Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
"Shinobi" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy  |  17 September 2005 (Japan)
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After more than four hundred years of war between the Shinobi warriors of the Manjidani Koga and Tsubagakure Iga clans, the Lord Hattori Hanzou decrees that they must live in peace. Both ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama ...
Joe Odagiri ...
Tomoka Kurotani ...
Erika Sawajiri ...
Takeshi Masu ...
Tak Sakaguchi ...
Shun Itô ...
Hôka Kinoshita ...
Kenji Miyoshi ...
Kisarigi Saemon
Lily ...
Minoru Terada ...
Masaki Nishina ...
Yagyu Jyubei Mitsuyoshi
Osami Nabe ...
Man pulling a wagon
Toshiya Nagasawa ...


After more than four hundred years of war between the Shinobi warriors of the Manjidani Koga and Tsubagakure Iga clans, the Lord Hattori Hanzou decrees that they must live in peace. Both clans live hidden in the woods and mountain without confrontation and without training ninjas in the shadow art of Shinobi. In 1614, the Lord of the Lords is convinced that the clans are dangerous threats for keeping peace in his lands, and his advisor plots a Machiavellian plan to destroy their best warriors in a contest. Meanwhile, the young Iga Oboro and Koga Gennesuke fall in love for each other. When Oboro's grandmother and leader of Iga clan Ogen and Gennesuke's father and leader of the Koga clan Danjo kill each other, Oboro and Gannesuke must lead their warriors in the ultimate battle of the Shinobi clans. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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17 September 2005 (Japan)  »

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Shinobi: Heart Under Blade  »

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$27,807 (Hong Kong) (19 May 2006)

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Based on the anime Basilisk (2005) See more »


Referenced in Movie Friends - Eine Videothek stellt sich vor (2013) See more »


Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi
Arranged by Yuta Nakano & KZB
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
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15 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll be honest - I did not have much expectations for this film. After sitting through movies such as Azumi, Azumi 2, and Princess Blade...I somewhat lost hope for Japanese ninja movies. However I was pleasantly surprised by "Shinobi". Sure, there is the cheese factor in the film, but hey, you can't help it with this types of movies. I found "Shinobi" to be far superior to "Azumi" and "Azumi 2" in all aspects. Acting is much more bearable. Plot is existent. Character design is interesting. Action is far, far more exciting.

I give it 8 out of 10 stars. I'd definitely recommend to give this movie a chance.

Actually, 8.5 - a extra for the hotness factor of Yukie Nakama (Oboro) and Tomoka Kurotani (Kagero). ^_^

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