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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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The man who must fight to live! A woman who doesn't wish to live! See more »


Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director James McTeigue cited this film as one the influences behind his film Ninja Assassin (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Doujin (the leader of the bandits on the bridge) raises his wooden hand to shoot Jubei, the details on the hand that indicate that it is man-made (ie. exposed joints) are missing from the first two shots in which it appears. 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 Anime Abandon: Sword for Truth (2011) 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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An absolute favorite, and highly recommended :)
19 November 2003 | by starbase_74See all my reviews

Ninja Scroll is easily one of my favorite anime movies. Great animation (the minimal movement in Japanimation far superior to the over-produced Disney cloned animation style), great story and characters, a decent running time - it all works for me.

Recently here in Australia, the movie has thankfully been re-released in the 10th Anniversary Uncut version. After a controversial screening on commercial TV some years ago, the video version was upgraded from MA to an R-Rating, and had some sex scenes cut. The new DVD has been restored, uncut.

A classic, highly entertaining and impressive anime - strongly recommended to Japanime newbies :)


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