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Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Shinobi no mono (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 1 December 1962 (Japan)
Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

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Satsuo Yamamoto
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raizô Ichikawa Raizô Ichikawa ... Ishikawa Goemon
Shiho Fujimura Shiho Fujimura ... Maki
Yûnosuke Itô Yûnosuke Itô ... Sandayû Momochi
Katsuhiko Kobayashi Katsuhiko Kobayashi ... Nobuo Oda
Tomisaburô Wakayama ... Oda Nobunaga (as Jô Kenzaburô)
Yôko Uraji Yôko Uraji ... Hinona
Reiko Fujiwara Reiko Fujiwara ... Hata
Chitose Maki Chitose Maki ... Tamo
Kyôko Kishida ... Inone
Takeshi Katô Takeshi Katô
Kô Nishimura Kô Nishimura ... Kizaru
Yutaka Nakamura Yutaka Nakamura
Kuniichi Takami Kuniichi Takami ... Kôtarô
Toshio Chiba Toshio Chiba
Sônosuke Sawamura
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Storyline

Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. Deceit, treachery, and entire gangs of enemy ninja lurk around every corner as Goemon travels the countryside to complete his task, win back his honor, and save his skin! Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 December 1962 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninja 1 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was seen in Japan in 1963 by author Roald Dahl, from which he got several ideas for the writing of the screenplay to the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (1967). The scene where Goemon attempts to assassinate Nobunaga with poison was referred to in "You Only Live Twice" and "Grosse Pointe Blank". Several scenes shows Nobunaga petting his cats. This is also done by the villain Blofeld in "You Only Live Twice". See more »

Quotes

Sandayû Momochi: [In his guise as Fujibayahi Nagato] A samurai's most prized virtue is the ability to indulge in shame. A Ninja, on the other hand, in order to complete a mission... must be crafty, deceptive, dishonest... and commit whatever vile deeds are necessary.
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Connections

Followed by Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection (1963) See more »

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Entertaining Ninja story
25 May 2017 | by sinful-2See all my reviews

First I will say i have no clue if any of this is historical correct. I have watched it as pure fiction. From that point of view I have to say I was well entertained. It seemed like natural lives of ninjas depicted in the movie. So no flying ninjas here or anything really wild :-)

Acting was fine but not amazing. I think the action scenes was good and realistic for being a ninja movie. Characters are not very deep but fine to make the movie flow and not seem like cardboard characters.

At times I guess the movie slows down without getting boring while following the main characters personal life. So I guess I would recommend it to fans of Japanese cinema that likes samurai/ninja movies and do not require non stop action. I look forward to see the next movie in the series.


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