Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession
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24 February 1995 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $2,723,495,
26 February 1995, Wide Release
Gross USA: $6,607,652
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The split toed footwear seen throughout the film most notably with the ninja are called Tabi. They are designed to accentuate the gripping power of the foot and provide better "ground feel". See more
At the start of the final ninja/samurai battle, Kinjo is seen drawing a sword from a scabbard on his back. Over the course of the fight, the scabbard disappears, reappears with another sword in it, then disappears again. See more
[Paul Racine, still injured, is carrying two buckets of coal
I wish I knew Japanese so I could tell this guy, I am not a donkey.
Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
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Referenced in NCIS: Engaged (Part I)
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Written and Performed by Yoshinori Monta
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc. See more