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 ...
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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Fated to love : Destined To Kill.

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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 September 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Shinobi: Heart Under Blade  »

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$15,334 (Hong Kong) (12 May 2006)


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

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Based on the anime Basilisk (2005) See more »


Remade as Shinobi See more »


Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi
Arranged by Yuta Nakano & KZB
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
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Two Ninja clans are pitted against each other to see who can survive. Everyone has special abilities.The two lead characters are, unfortunately, in love.
10 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story comes from the Japanese manga (graphic novel) called "Basilisk," and is heavily edited from it. They cut out half the characters for the sake of easy and time. Although unfortunate, I agree that they had to do it, and they did a good job of making a "short" movie plot out of long series. The special effects are breathtaking. They must have combined computer animation, and paid attention to every little detail down to making the eyes shine and reflect light in the two main characters when they're talking. I liken it to House of Flying Daggers or one of those Chinese flicks that are beautiful and have a lot of attention to detail. I love how they managed the occasional slow motion scenes. The acting is top notch. I hate love stories but I took to this one. It's not all love, and the action scenes are well choreographed and exciting. Ninjas fight, but they're not the kind of ninjas to be clothed in black jumpers with masks. The "special abilities" don't look corny or contrived, which impressed me.

I hope it is subtitled into English soon.

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