Run time: 94 Minutes
Rating: NR, Violence, Language, Nudity, and Adult Situations
As Taken From Back of Box:
“Feudal Japan – A time of danger, intrigue, and deception. Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold...or a worthy cause.
His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways – and possibly his life. When a small village succumbs to a terrible plague, a team of ninjas are sent to investigate, and realize that all is not as it seems. Ambushed, they are wiped out by a fearsome man-monster with incredible powers, leaving only one alive – Kagero, a beautiful female ninja, whose touch can bring instant death. Jubei saves her from a fate worse than death, and unwittingly becomes drawn into the web of treachery. He is soon faced with his greatest challenge – an enemy for whom death holds no fear, with the power to destroy Jubei’s world.
It’s an all-out bloodbath when ninja warriors come face-to-face in this action packed tribal war.”
*Stretches* Ninja Scroll is awesome as hell. The fight scenes (and there are a lot) are just fantastic. Jubei is strong, but has weaknesses so the battles are never completely in his favor. Every enemy has something unique about them making it even more interesting. There are a few parts in the movie that don’t fit that well (Nude scenes basically) but they’re easy to over look…and look at. As for animation, it’s no Ghost in a Shell or Jin-Roh, but its really good looking. The story has some unexpected twists that keep you on your feet, but what Ninja Scroll is really all about is…ACTION!
PS: The “team of ninja” mentioned in the Background that gets slaughtered are named the Koga Ninja. That’s right, I got my name from this great movie. Actually, in Wrath of the Ninja, the Koga play a larger role, but I saw Ninja Scroll before that so…Yeah, Read on for the final decision.
9.5 (I Love this movie…) / Great fight scenes, definitely one of the best Ninja movies ever created, anime or live action. JUBEI IS THE MAN!