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Ninja Scroll (1993)

Jûbê ninpûchô (original title)
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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Certificate:

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Details

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

Kagero wears the exact same purple headdress costume that Meiko Kaji wore in the film Lady Snowblood (1973). 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 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) 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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A straight shot of mythological action with no room for a chaser.
21 April 2006 | by jbrady0684See all my reviews

let me start out by saying i'm not an anime fan. that is to say, i have an interest in the genre, but for me it boils down to the big three; "ghost in the shell", "princess mononoke", and the movie this review is for. i'll have to explain that i'm reviewing this movie after seeing it an estimated 8 times at least, therefor i'm trying to think as if i'm seeing it for the first time. this presents the problem of wanting to rave for this movie, but knowing that it is one that truly gets better the more times you watch it. when the opening scene is over you'll give a sigh at the predictably bad diologue and spoon-fed character development coupled with the cartoon fantasy world. however, you're a fool if you don't stick with this movie. these flaws become faint as your engaged in the simple yet brilliant plot and you begin taking note of a few "wow, that was cool" moments that this movie is littered with. before you're 20 minutes into it your skepticism takes a back seat and you have no choice except to enjoy the ride.

i feel like this is a horrible place to stop the review, but in writing it i've reminded myself of how fun this movie is and i need to go watch it. so in conclusion; if you are looking for a movie that oozes entertainment: violence, sex, love, and intrigue. do not pass this up... really, don't.


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