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Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

Shinobi (original title)
Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

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Joe Odagiri ...
Tomoka Kurotani ...
Kagerou
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Hotarubi
Takeshi Masu ...
Muroga Hyouma
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Yashamaru
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Chikuma Koshirou (as Mitsuki Koga)
Shun Itô ...
Mino Nenki
Hôka Kinoshita ...
Kisaragi Saemon
Kenji Miyoshi ...
Kisarigi Saemon
Lily ...
Ogen
Minoru Terada ...
Kouga Danjou
Masaki Nishina ...
Yagyu Jyubei Mitsuyoshi
Osami Nabe ...
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Toshiya Nagasawa ...
Yagyu Munenori
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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 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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Trivia

The film characters with superhuman powers are considered to be Japanese X-Men due to being outcasts and being born with their own abilities, it is worth noting however that one of the film's inspirations was the novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls published in 1959 while the first issue of X-Men was released in 1963. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Heaven
Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi
Arranged by Yûta 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 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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