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Ninja Scroll (1993)

Jûbê ninpûchô (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | 5 June 1993 (Japan)
A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Director:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Writer:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Yamadera ... Jubei Kibagami (voice)
Emi Shinohara ... Kagero (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Dakuan (voice)
Osamu Saka Osamu Saka ... Masked Samurai (voice)
Daisuke Gôri Daisuke Gôri ... Genma Himuro (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Doujin (voice)
Ryûzaburô Ôtomo Ryûzaburô Ôtomo ... Tessai (voice)
Akimasa Ohmori Akimasa Ohmori ... Shijima (voice) (as Akimasa Ômori)
Gara Takashima Gara Takashima ... Benisato (voice)
Katsuji Mori ... Hanza (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Genpachi (voice)
Norio Wakamoto ... Mujuro Utsutsu (voice)
Toshihiko Seki ... Yurimaru (voice)
Masako Katsuki ... Zakuro (voice)
Reizô Nomoto Reizô Nomoto ... Mushizo (voice)
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Storyline

A Journeyman ninja by name of Jubei stumbles upon a plague, an evil clan of demons, a national crisis, and a beautiful ninja girl. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 June 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Jubei Ninpocho: The Wind Ninja Chronicles See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is a tribute to the works of Japanese author Fûtarô Yamada, who throughout the sixties wrote many historical novels about ninjas. See more »

Goofs

When Tessai prepares to punch Jubei, he says "the way to hell is... right here". In the Japanese version, the "right here" part of the line is heard some time after Tessai's lips move. This does not occur in the English version, where his line is in sync with his lip movements. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bandit Boss: Thanks to your interference, Jubei, we lost 300 pieces of gold! I can't go back empty-handed!
Jubei: Well, perhaps you won't have to go back completely empty-handed...
[shows the bandit the rice ball he's eating]
Jubei: Bite?
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Alternate Versions

In 1995, the BBFC cut the UK version by 52 seconds. This included the rape of Kagero by Tessai and all footage of throwing stars. The UK and Australian DVDs were affected by these cuts. In 2004 these cuts were waived by the BBFC and the film is now uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere, Faraway, Everyone Is Listening to a Ballad
Composed and performed by Ryôhei Yamanashi
Lyrics by Sho Jitsukawa
Arranged by Hiroshi Shinkawa
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User Reviews

Kawajiri's finest film...
18 January 1999 | by Wheels-4See all my reviews

Jubei Ninpocho (Ninja Scroll) ***1/2 out of **** Director: Yashiako Kawajiri

Masterless samurai for hire is "tricked" by aging government spy in order to partake in assassinating eight supernatural beings during the era of feudal Japan. Ultraviolent premise is not for all tastes, but fascinating visual punch and original story telling (emphasized greatly by Kawajiri's expert direction) make this a much see for animation buffs. Kawajiri's finest film to date is dazzling and gripping from start to finish.


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