Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

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Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Cast: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

     
 

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Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature takes place in more of a sword-and-sorcery epic set in feudal Japan. Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch.… See more details below

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Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature takes place in more of a sword-and-sorcery epic set in feudal Japan. Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun. A story of impossible love between Jubei and Kagero is somewhat interesting, but the true draw of Ninja Scroll is its action sequences. The dazzling swordplay of Japanese live-action samurai movies is not often seen in the animated genre, which tends more towards science fiction; however, this animated work has fight scenes in abundance. Although its content is too strong for children, adult fans of Japanese animation, samurai films, and fantasy should find it enjoyable.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
A mysterious ninja for hire, a bold ninja girl, and a Buddhist monk-turned-spy set the bloody stage for Ninja Scroll, an action-packed anime melodrama that serves equally well as intelligent cinema. Kagero is a ninja girl suffering a curse -- she is beautiful but sexually poisoned and thus untouchable. When drifter ninja Jubei comes to Kagero's reluctant rescue, a Pandora's box is unwittingly opened, infuriating the power-hungry Shogun of the Dark clan. Bound by fate, Jubei joins up with the monk, and the rag tag triad embark on a mission of vengeance. With brilliantly stylized animation by Mad House, the minds behind the apocalyptic masterpiece X, Ninja Scroll acts as a period piece with uncanny parallels to today's society. Investigating the power of greed, human kindness (or lack thereof), and women's roles, Ninja Scroll puts an interesting spin on an epic morality tale and makes for great animated entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
UPC:
0660200414023
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Manga Video
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Side A: Digitally remastered original 4x3 full screen; Side B: digitally remastered enhanced 16x9 widescreen; Custom motion; Interactive menus; English and Japanese language 6.1 DTS-ES; 5.1 Dolby Digital Ex surround sound; French & Spanish language Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; Character synopsis; Photo gallery; Director interview; History of Jubei; English cast key character interview; English subtitles...and manga extras!

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. A Storm Is Brewing [2:54]
2. Shimoda Village Plague [2:22]
3. Kagero Joins the Team [1:50]
4. Tessai Attacks [2:12]
5. Tessai Captures Kagero [5:13]
6. "The Way to Hell" [5:22]
7. Benisato Attacks [1:58]
8. Dakuan Explains [5:32]
9. Jubei's Flashback [1:26]
10. Benisato Defeated [4:40]
11. Kagero's Secret [3:58]
12. Wasp Attack [5:12]
13. Gemma Reincarnate [2:32]
14. Zakuro Attacks [2:20]
15. Mujuro Utsutsu [4:31]
16. Precious Cargo [7:24]
17. Shijima's Trap [3:38]
18. The Antidote Revealed [3:01]
19. Lord Gemma Arrives [2:59]
20. Yurimaru Trapped [1:45]
21. Kiss of Life [1:56]
22. Zakuro Explodes [5:07]
23. Golden Hell [1:33]
24. End Credits [8:10]
Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. A Storm Is Brewing [2:54]
2. Shimoda Village Plague [2:22]
3. Kagero Joins the Team [1:50]
4. Tessai Attacks [2:12]
5. Tessai Captures Kagero [5:13]
6. "The Way to Hell" [5:22]
7. Benisato Attacks [1:58]
8. Dakuan Explains [5:32]
9. Jubei's Flashback [1:26]
10. Benisato Defeated [4:40]
11. Kagero's Secret [3:58]
12. Wasp Attack [5:12]
13. Gemma Reincarnate [2:32]
14. Zakuro Attacks [2:20]
15. Mujuro Utsutsu [4:31]
16. Precious Cargo [7:24]
17. Shijima's Trap [3:38]
18. The Antidote Revealed [3:01]
19. Lord Gemma Arrives [2:59]
20. Yurimaru Trapped [1:45]
21. Kiss of Life [1:56]
22. Zakuro Explodes [5:07]
23. Golden Hell [1:33]
24. End Credits [8:10]

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