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Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

Shinobi (original title)
Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director:

Ten Shimoyama

Writers:

Kenya Hirata, Fûtarô Yamada (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama ... Oboro
Joe Odagiri ... Kouga Gennosuke
Tomoka Kurotani Tomoka Kurotani ... Kagerou
Erika Sawajiri ... Hotarubi
Takeshi Masu Takeshi Masu ... Muroga Hyouma
Tak Sakaguchi ... Yashamaru
Mickey Koga ... Chikuma Koshirou (as Mitsuki Koga)
Shun Itô Shun Itô ... Mino Nenki
Hôka Kinoshita Hôka Kinoshita ... Kisaragi Saemon
Kenji Miyoshi Kenji Miyoshi ... Kisarigi Saemon
Lily Lily ... Ogen
Minoru Terada ... Kouga Danjou
Masaki Nishina Masaki Nishina ... Yagyu Jyubei Mitsuyoshi
Osami Nabe Osami Nabe ... Man pulling a wagon
Toshiya Nagasawa Toshiya Nagasawa ... Yagyu Munenori
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Storyline

After more than four hundred years of war between the Shinobi warriors of the Manjidani Koga and Tsubagakure Iga clans, the Lord Hattori Hanzou decrees that they must live in peace. Both clans live hidden in the woods and mountain without confrontation and without training ninjas in the shadow art of Shinobi. In 1614, the Lord of the Lords is convinced that the clans are dangerous threats for keeping peace in his lands, and his advisor plots a Machiavellian plan to destroy their best warriors in a contest. Meanwhile, the young Iga Oboro and Koga Gennesuke fall in love for each other. When Oboro's grandmother and leader of Iga clan Ogen and Gennesuke's father and leader of the Koga clan Danjo kill each other, Oboro and Gannesuke must lead their warriors in the ultimate battle of the Shinobi clans. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fated to love : Destined To Kill.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The story is an adaptation of Futaro Yamada's novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, which depicts the clash between two ninja clans, Iga and Kouga, and the fated love between Gennosuke (Kouga) and Oboro (Iga). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Friends - Eine Videothek stellt sich vor (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven
Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi
Arranged by Yûta Nakano & KZB
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
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Deserves better...
15 May 2006 | by xdragon_fistxSee all my reviews

I'll be honest - I did not have much expectations for this film. After sitting through movies such as Azumi, Azumi 2, and Princess Blade...I somewhat lost hope for Japanese ninja movies. However I was pleasantly surprised by "Shinobi". Sure, there is the cheese factor in the film, but hey, you can't help it with this types of movies. I found "Shinobi" to be far superior to "Azumi" and "Azumi 2" in all aspects. Acting is much more bearable. Plot is existent. Character design is interesting. Action is far, far more exciting.

I give it 8 out of 10 stars. I'd definitely recommend to give this movie a chance.

Actually, 8.5 - a extra for the hotness factor of Yukie Nakama (Oboro) and Tomoka Kurotani (Kagero). ^_^


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 September 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Shinobi: Heart Under Blade See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,987,868
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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