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Ninja Scroll [DVD]

Yoshiaki Kawajiri    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087DTGK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A peak achievement of Japanese animation (anime), this propulsive mix of samurai action adventure and supernatural fantasy from writer-director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Supernatural Best City) is defiantly animation for grown-ups, complete with fountains of blood, plenty of naked flesh, and (in both the subtitled and dubbed versions) some decidedly strong language. (Students of Japanese language could pick up some useful expressions.) The plot sounds like a 16th century variation on the X-Files: an entire village has been wiped out by a mysterious plague and an anti-government conspiracy of invulnerable demons seems to be responsible. A wandering ninja, Jubei, and his female counterpart, Kagero, team up to defeat the plotters. Jubei is a classic reluctant hero, agreeing to participate in the mission only after being fed a slow-acting poison; the antidote will be supplied after he cooperates. And Kagero, a looker whose embrace is lethal, is a femme fatale with a difference that seems distinctively Japanese: sexual contact itself is poisonous, especially for a warrior with a pure-soul. --David Chute, Amazon.com

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining ninja romp!! 22 Jun 2005
Format:DVD
Ninja Scroll is usually one of the first anime films people see along with Akira and Ghost in the Shell, and with good reason too as it's fantastic!
I can normally take or leave most ninja anime, I love mecha and enjoy most sci-fi, horror and Miyazaki stuff, but ninjas don't normally push my buttons. Ninja Scroll though, is a pleasant exception.
This 10th anniversary edition contains two discs with different versions on each disc. Disc 1 has the 4:3 ratio pan and scan version and disc 2 the 16:9 anamorphic version.
Disc 2 also has several soundtracks including DTS 6.1 and proper DD 5.1 EX tracks. Plus a number of other interesting extras, especially the interview with the director.
I won't go into the plot as several other reviews describe it in plenty enough detail already. Although I will say that the plot is very good, it moves along at a sensible pace with a good balance between dialogue and action and unfolds cleverly, giving the viewer snippets of what's going on along the way and piecing it together thoroughly at the end.
Ninja Scroll is very Japanese, more so than a lot of other anime, and makes many cultural references throughout. This, I think, gives the story more depth and weight and makes it less fantastical (even though it's about ninjas and demons). But through this 'Japaneseness' the film fully deserves it's 18 certificate as Ninja Scroll is very violent and has many other scenes and themes of an adult nature as a warning to those who decide to watch it lightly.
Jubei and Kagero, the lead male and female, are excellent characters and they develop and interact very well and much thought has been put into them. But that's not to say the other's are bad or underdeveloped, as entire animated cast is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Anime on Great Blu-ray 26 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I must shamefully admit, as big as an anime fan as I am, I never got round to actually watching Ninja Scroll until this Blu-ray edition took my fancy.
For a number of reasons it was just never a title that jumped out at me. Be it, its relative age: It came out in 93 in Japan but probably later here and somehow I never equated it with Akira or Ghost in the Shell, which I love and are, quite rightly, hailed as benchmarks in the genre. Maybe it was my (utterly wrong) assumption of it being just another ninja tale or possibly the animation style which is very reminiscent of another of my all time favourite animes, Cowboy Bebop. So, frankly, I should have gotten over that but whatever.....I just never got round to giving Ninja Scroll a go!

Well Im so glad I finally got acquainted with Jubei and Kagero. Their crazy, supernatural tale is not just another ninja, or indeed samurai/ronin story. Ninja Scroll is THE anime which has spawned or influenced all the later anime serials like Samurai Champloo or The Afro. All the boxes are ticked here! In spectacular style!

Too cool for the world lead character, deadly cool female lead character, wise old 'yoda' character and a bonkers assortment of 8 demon ninjas for our heroes to face off against including beautiful, evil, living tattoos chick, huge evil stone dude and shadowy, steel thread wielding guy! This motley crue are headed, of course, by a re-animated foe from our heroes past. Its super violent, (not quite Demon Fiend though) its sexually pretty graphic and its utterly utterly brilliant.

The Hi Definition transfer of this classic anime looks pretty impressive to me. Its night and day compared to my Akira DVD certainly and looks just as good as my Akira Blu-ray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of magers greats 26 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
in this amaisingly visual, and graphicly stunning production you see it all. the great fight sequences that the manga productions are known for and the classic ninja theme.
the main jist of the story is a ninja, "kogero" is tricked into helping a government agent track and destroy a group of devels hunting for funds to set up there empire and take over japan.
even the english dub is good you can watch it in both japanese and english, and still et the same gripping experience.
an all round winner, a must see!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but far from the hype 10 Jan 2003
Format:DVD
First and foremost, this film presents excelent actionshots, its quite thrilling and definitly entertaining. The graphics are better than whats usual for animefilms, and the english dub is also quite good.
Thats the positive side though...the main problem is the lack of character development, it seems like you are expected to know the main characters before you see the film, and everytime they get into a tight spot they reveal a new skill thats totally unrealistic given what you know of them. They are also cold and unemotional, and you simply dont get emotionally engaged in their efforts to save feudal Japan.
It does however introduce some very interesting opponents, one guy got a beehive in his back, another one is a blind ninja that fights through his hearing, unfortunatly these ideas arent followed through -- they suddenly appear and is killed of ten seconds later, I ended up thinking that everything could have gotten so much better with some rewriting in the script..building up the suspense some more prior to the encounters, the movie doesnt last much more than 90 minutes anyway so they have room for it as animemovies are so expensive.
The film has also been censored, wich is okay at times, but this particular movie revolves strongly around being for adults, and looses some of its purity as its essence has been sliced, you get the feeling that something is missing in here, and the atmosphere gets unsufficent.
The plot features a lovestory, but this bit is seriously cut short by the lack of characters, and its not given enough priority to be emotionally engaging.. Its like putting a block of ice in the micro for ten seconds, it has the potential of getting hot, but it ends up being just as cold.
As a conclusion I would have to say that even if the movie is good slasher-entertainment its not something you will go around remembering a long time after, and this is a shame, because the movie had the potential of being a classic..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars and it's not as good as those two it is still one of the ...
This up there with Ghost in the Shell and Akira as a must watch, and it's not as good as those two it is still one of the top anime out there
Published 5 days ago by Mr. craiders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 15 days ago by Mr Richard Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Am not going to talk about the film. However will keep this short
Product as described delivered straight away
Happy with product and seller would recommend.
Published 4 months ago by wbayedur
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anyway you look at it!!!!
Great film. This is the way Anime should be. It lives up to the 18 certificate, in volence, gore, and adult scenes and themes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. G. A. Alavi
5.0 out of 5 stars jubei ninpucho....
Another favourite classic anime from manga label, i was impressed when i first watched this. Kawajiri is a supreme film maker. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dean P Rickaby
4.0 out of 5 stars Too wonderful anime, Too exiting story, Too good action packed scenes,...
One of the most beautiful and epic Japanese movies of all time, it contain beauty, history, action, drama, and romance, but also it contain disgust. Read more
Published 9 months ago by worldofcinema
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Manga
This is one of the classic manga's, and one of the best! Unfortunately you cant get the widescreen copy any more and reviews of the newer versions say the soundtrack is poor. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Scroll
I have given this DVD 3 stars because I purchased it for a friend who enjoys 'Manga'. She said it was ok but a bit disappointing as fairly dated now and the graphics are not good... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dream Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Scroll DVD
Very good 5.1 surround sound quality! I felt like being in the middle of the action!

Good price-performance ratio!

I really enjoyed the movie. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Torben Ritter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Manga Movie
I love, love, love Ninja Scroll. It is still my favourite Manga movie followed closely by Wicked city and the Guyver series. Finally, I managed to get the DVD for less than £10.
Published 14 months ago by Gynai
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