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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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Amazing! Sexy! Mysterious! Ninjutsu Wars 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Not as successful or well-received in Japan as it was in the U.S. 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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Connections

References The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) 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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One of the best Anime Movies ever
15 November 2003 | by Kentaro KandleSee all my reviews

Ninja Scroll is an Anime Classic which is usually mentioned in the same sentence as Vampire Hunter D or Fist of the North Star. However, I believe that as a movie, Ninja Scroll has a wider appeal.

The visuals are top-notch, and the action is fast and clean. The sword fights can be watched frame-by-frame (and may have to be, if you want to really understand what is happening) and your awe at the quality of this movie will just increase. Do I sound like an obsessed fan? Because this movie impresses me so greatly that I cannot over-rate it.

The story and characters, though, are the main focus of this presentation, which each battle, duel, and other confrontation serving to move the story forward, develop, reveal, or eliminate the characters - all of whom are revealed in a way that is engrossing.

Some maybe turned off by the gore, violence, and low value placed on human life; but that is what this time period was about. This is definately for mature audiences.

If you do not yet own a copy of this, watch it as if you had never heard of it and enjoy the story developing. Then be plesantly surprised by the superficial stuff - action, animation, sound, and depth of characters.


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