#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition–a fight to the death–will take place between the five best shinobi from each village. Gennosuke and Oboro’s love is made even more impossible when they each got picked as the leader of the five to represent their respective villages.
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Great Ninja Action Movie
First I should say that I watched the subtitled version of this film but apparently there is an English dub on the North American release. Make no mistake, this IS an action movie. It is not as heavy on plot or characterization as similar films of the genre, and focuses more on matrix-like ninja fighting and great costumes. This is not necessarily a bad thing though as it does these things very well. The special effects are some of the best I’ve ever seen in a Japanese feature, and the overall cinematography is great. The story is pretty light and you really want to know more about some of the characters who are introduced in a totally classic “Good The Bad and the Ugly” style with their names being displayed on the corner of the screen as they are introduced.
The story centers on a pair of star-crossed lovers from rival ninja clans. The Tokugawa Government has just taken control of Japan and a new era of peace has broken out. To preserve this peace the Shogun decides that the two ninja clans must be destroyed, for their abilities are simply too dangerous and unpredictable. So the Shogun orders the two clans to each pick their five best warriors who will then battle to the death for the favor of the Shogun. Chosen to lead their respective clan’s teams are the two unfortunate lovers who thought a new age of peace would allow their love to bloom, as rivalry between their clans was no longer necessary in their view now in a cruel twist of fate they must battle to the death. This is pretty much where the story ends, and the rest of the film is a cat and mouse game between the two ninja teams as they use their seemingly supernatural abilities against each other. The team members themselves are all very interesting and I found myself wanting to know more about them but was disappointed by the rate in which they are killed off.
Overall the film is well worth watching and is smarter than your average action film, but not by much.
Passive Azumi, but a better film
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.
Original Language ja
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Fantasy
Director Ten Shimoyama
Writer Kenya Hirata, Fûtarô Yamada
Actors Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani
Awards 4 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital EX
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435 Advanced, Zeiss and Angenieux Lenses, Arriflex 535B, Zeiss and Angenieux Lenses
Laboratory Imagica Corporation, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)