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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 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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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.


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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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Version of Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (2005) See more »

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Heaven
Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi
Arranged by Yûta Nakano & KZB
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
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Passive Azumi, but a better film
8 July 2006 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

In Shinobi, ninja Romeo and Juliet have to fight each other because the great Tokugawa ordered it. What will it happen? This is a movie that is based , apparently, on a Futaro Yamada novel, called Kouga Ninpu Chou. Both Ninja Scroll and Basilisk anime are based on it. I haven't yet seen Basilisk, but the beginning of the first episode is identical to the beginning of this movie. It might be better to watch Basilisk first to really understand the film.

For me, the more deep meaning of the film was that people are ants, and as long as there is some bigger ant that a lot of smaller ants listen to, individual skills are useless. In the end, Tokugawa justifies his actions by the eternal "you are not really human". Well, isn't that the cherry on the cake? Every war ever fought was based on the idea that your enemy is not human or at least very different. So much for the bringer of peace in Japan.

The action is good, though, you meet interesting ninjas with great skills, then they die. So much training for just one silly moment. I was expecting the two villages to unite and kick some bureaucratic ass, but that was not to be. Alas, in the modern world, the bureaucrats always win.

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I couldn't find the IMDb entry for the animation series Basilisk, so I will just comment on it here:

Oh my God, they killed Taizen! You bastards! :)

It makes sense to continue the comment here, as the plot is almost identical both in the series and the film. The anime has 24 episodes, the idea of each being how different ninjas fight with their special abilities. The characters are a bit different, but mostly the same powers they have in the film they have in the movie. Taizen is really annoying in the series, as well as Oboro, while some of the chicks are drawn really well :) The ending is slightly different, but essentially, if you've seen the movie, there is a high probability you will get bored watching the anime. Watching the anime first, though, would make the film seem rather silly. Anyway, good anime, but not amongst the best.


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