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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 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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A manga and an anime called Basilisk (2005) are based on the same novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls and bear the same character names as in the novel and the movie. Although their characters in the film are highly altered from both the original novel and the manga/anime series. 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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a nice story with ninjas
31 August 2006 | by atomsk87See all my reviews

I think this movie has enough romance and fighting to please most people.. but those wanting to see nothing but action will be disappointed! The ninja techniques are not neglected in this story, these are special techniques and not just those used by the average assassin dressed in black. I don't like fantasy special effects most of the time and I thought these were fine. Some people have said that the main part of the story is the romance, I agree but I think it depends on how much you like that compared to the fighting.

The mix of genres is quite evenly balanced though. In the end you should be quite pleased if you like one particular genre and maybe very pleased if you love them all.

If I had a problem with this movie it would be that I wanted to know one or two characters better, maybe through hearing them talk about something else or seeing a bit of their daily life. They all wanted to show off their ninja techniques instead :) It's nice, I hope you enjoy it.


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