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Cyber Ninja (1988)

Mirai Ninja: Keiun Kinin Gaiden (original title)
In a futuristic version of medieval Japan, a band of swordsmen battles an evil warlord and his mechanical army of ninjas, and are aided by a mysterious heroic cyborg ninja, Shiranui.

Director:

Keita Amemiya

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Satoshi Kitahara (original story), Satoshi Kitahara (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanbei Kawai Hanbei Kawai ... Akagi
Kunihiko Ida Kunihiko Ida ... Jiromaru (as Hiroki Ida)
Eri Morishita Eri Morishita ... Princess Saki
Makoto Yokoyama Makoto Yokoyama ... Shiranui
Satoshi Itô Satoshi Itô ... Hiyukaku / voice of Shiranui
Fuyukichi Maki Fuyukichi Maki ... Kajiwara Sandayu
Masaaki Emori Masaaki Emori ... Kurosagi Shikigami
Shôhei Yamamoto Shôhei Yamamoto ... Raimei Hoshi
Mizuho Yoshida Mizuho Yoshida ... Shoki
Hiroaki Mita Hiroaki Mita ... Shoki (voice)
Hideki Sasaki Hideki Sasaki ... Ninja-Roid (voice)
Chikara Aragaki Chikara Aragaki ... Young Warrior
Kiichirou Tai Kiichirou Tai ... Young Warrior
Hajime Iwasaki Hajime Iwasaki ... Young Warrior
Satou Anada Satou Anada ... Young Warrior
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Storyline

A man's body and soul are stolen and used as part of a demon castle. What's left becomes Cyber Ninja. He teams up with the chi students whose cyber-earmuffs show matching red symbols. They fill their swords with ammunition, grab some neo-retro-cyber-antique guns and attack the demon robot expendable ninja squad. Each fight is won by whichever side uses more gratuitous special effects. They slay the Tron-like hover droids, who are destroyed in their shame. There's a showdown with a white-armored guy with dreadlocks, who is later reincarnated by the eclipse and a lot of multicolored lightning. After killing the make-up wearing effeminate spider person, the chi school fires a giant gun at the demon castle spider cyber robot. It blows up. Written by <pyre@iastate.edu>_&_blank@iastate.edu>>>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

May 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cyber Ninja See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Film debut of Kaiju suit actor Mizuho Yoshida See more »

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Spin-off Mirai Ninja (1988) See more »

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Cyber Retro Futuro Japan (with a cheesy aftertaste)
9 November 2011 | by the_wolf_imdbSee all my reviews

This movie is nothing amazing for sure. Yet it is very interesting scifi retro futuro B-class movie with a lot of swordplay and somewhat acceptable effects.

The only way how to describe this movie is mix of Star Gate with a lot of Kurosawa and maybe a little bit of Tron and Doom (the computer game, not the movie). Both parties, the cyber demons and the humans fight as they would were teleported from medieval Japan. The story leaves a lot of parts unexplained and it is open for the imagination of the viewer as it it typical for "genuine, non-Westernized" Japanese movies. This is not bad in general but it will probably leave a lot of Western viewers confused.

The movie is definitely not something special. It is probably not worthy to seek on DVD either. But it is enjoyable and well done in terms of its probably tight budget so it is not insult of the viewer nor a loss of time. It allows us to see "retro cyber punk" as it is perceived by the Japanese authors. It is comparable to "Mutant Chronicles" which is not miracle either but it is solid fun anyway. I think the more hardcore scifi fans will like it.


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