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Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection) (2004)

Tesshô Genda , Ryôtarô Okiayu , Yasunori Urata  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Tesshô Genda, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Arisa Andô, Takeshi Aono, Kinryû Arimoto
  • Directors: Yasunori Urata
  • Writers: Fûtarô Yamada
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A.D.V. Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection)" on IMDb

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Ninja Resurrection, known in Japan as Makai Tenshō: Jigoku-hen (trans. Demonic Resurrection: Portrait of Hell) is a two-part original video animation directed by Yasunori Urata. The OVA series is based on Futaro Yamada's novel Makai Tenshō. Although based on the same source material and of a similar style, Ninja Resurrection is not a sequel to the anime film Ninja Scroll.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Ninja Scroll Sequel February 24, 2000
Format:DVD
I work in an anime rental shop so i get this all the time. Everyone and their mom loves "Ninja Scroll" but nobody, and i mean nobody likes this one. Here is why: everbody starts this movie up expecting N. Scroll pt2...when it is NOT the same artist, author, or creator of ninja scroll. The only two things that mislead are 1.ninja in the title 2.the main character has the same first name. I am telling you now, THIS IS NOT NINJA SCROLL 2! If you are like me and you just want more samurai action with a cleaner art style than ninja scroll, then this is for you. The story hits a cool aspect of christianity in japanese culture and its abolishment and what it leads to. Definately just as gory, fast paced, and samurai as ninja scroll, but in my eyes...better than.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment... March 9, 2001
Format:DVD
Knowing this was in no way related to Ninja Scroll, I went ahead and purchased it based on the good reviews it has gotten from folks who actually liked it. Good for them; they can watch it over and over.
I found the story--what there was of a story--in both of the two shorts to be painfully inconsistant. For example, one historical character that is refered to will not commit suicide (and is consequently tortured) due to his Christian beliefs; however, another character (likely the most important character) is about to commit suicide in spite of his Christ-like status when the story (yet again) changes direction. No real character development occurs nor does any plot development for that matter.
Now, about that animation... Well, if your idea of really slick animation is panning across stills done in a traditional Chinese (yes, Chinese) painterly style, then this film is for you. However, if you grade your animation by the fluidity of motion, the creativity of scene, and the life-like character of the fantasy created, I recommend you check out the Brothers Quay Collection. Of course, if you want to stick to the traditional ninja story with excellent animation, there is always Ninja Scroll.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars YET ANOTHER YAMADA FUTARO ADAPTATION... December 18, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Well okay, I agree NINJA SCROLL is a superior product to this, but let's face it, these two products have absolutely nothing in common except that Yagyu Jubei is the central protagonist. Misguidedly titled NINJA RESURRECTION is yet another adaptation of Yamada Futaro's MAKEI TENSHO, filmed umpteenth times already, most recently as REBORN FROM HELL. I personally am tired of this series and I wish Japanese animators could just move on to some other interpretations of the ninja mythology. It was once refreshing to combine the elements of horror/fantasy and jidaigeki action, but the novelty has gone out of it. And why should the Yagyu clan, the OFFICIAL fencing teachers of the shogunate, be promoted to the heroic status all the time? Their ninja activities were basically those of secret police who go off and assassinate those who dare to resist Tokugawa rule. WRAITH OF NINJA has its heart in the right place...
Despite pretentious but informative introduction to historical background, this OAV series plays really fast and loose with Japanese history and culture, even within its improbable fantasy context. The filmmakers appear to harbor hilariously strange notions of Christianity, even more so than the most dunderheaded Hollywood action film's stereotypes of Middle Easterners. And yes, as a reviewer noted below, it was completely against the faith of Tokugawa-era Japanese Christians to commit suicide, as Shiro in the first episode proposes.
Technically, the animation is totally skewered toward style over substance. Character animation suffers a lot compared to the detailed background cels and fluid movement. DVD production is, however, top-notch quality, with easy-to-read yellow subtitles and excellent stereo sound. A.D.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant Come Back January 6, 2003
Format:DVD
Early 17th Century Japan was a particularly grim period. It is marked by the rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate, several abortive efforts to open Japan up to the world and a bloody rebellion by the small Christian minority that led to the exclusion of foreigners from Japan for over 200 years. The Christian rebellion and its suppression at Shimbara was a struggle with few heroes and all too many villains on both sides. 'Ninja Resurrection' tells a part of the story of those events, combining both history and legend in its telling.
Jubei Yagyu, a historical figure, was sword instructor to the Tokugowa regime, as well as in regular use as a spy and assassin. Therefore, it is no surprise that Jubei was sent to invade the Christian stronghold at Shimbara to weaken the fortification and, if possible, assassinate the leaders of the rebellion. Tokisada Shiro Amakusa, whose followers thought he was the new Christ, was killed, and the rebellion collapsed. The result was a massacre - 37,000 Christians dead at the cost of less than 2,000 samurai.
The prophecy that declared Shiro to be the returned Christ also -redicts that, if frustrated, he will return as Satan. The first part of this DVD tells about Shimbara, and sets the scene for the second part, the incarnation of Satan. Here we have a little pastiche about Yagyu clan home life followed by a demonic sex scene and the rebirth from a woman's corpse of the slain Shiro. Somehow, Shiro's reanimation includes the return of 4 of Japan's most legendary swordmen as demons.
And now comes this DVD's greatest flaw. There is no resolution or conclusion, just an abrupt end. Nor is there any sign of an anime follow up, although there have been several other films (not anime) that deal with Jubei's further adventures.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The single worst anime i have ever seen.
Ninja Resurrection is an anime that is blatantly trying to leech of the success of Ninja Scroll. Ninja Scroll was one of the great animes that reached the US during late 90's/... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dent K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Louie a care free funny guy
Louie is a care free live by the moment character,loyal friend to his adventurer companions.I really enjoyed this Anime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TEKZ1
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ninja epic
A great story about Jubei Yagyu. Some have said it was a sequel to Ninja Scroll, but it is not, don't judge it by that. This a great anime in its own right. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Lore!
This is classic anime done right and with a lot of action! If you haven't heard of Ninja Resurrection you should!
Published 13 months ago by Cash A. Echevarria
5.0 out of 5 stars Louie the rune soldier Vol. 1
I see the majority of these comments aren't for this product. This manga is really funny to read. You have four people who are on an adventure. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Zacky
5.0 out of 5 stars ninja resurrection2 vhs.
i just had to watch it twice. that is a very good movie, with action and excitement. and the color is very good.
Published 14 months ago by L. Buckner
3.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger
Where's the rest of the series? There were two episodes in one DVD but the second one ended in a cliffhanger. What happened to the rest of the story? Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fan 1
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!! Judge it for yourself! Free of spoliers!
I bought this product before it came out bootlegged. So I didn't have the mix up of mistaking it for a ninja Scroll sequel. The animation is amazing. Its fluid and very detailed. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Infinity21
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money
As stated by others, no true relation whatsoever to the excellent Ninja Scroll movie. The gore is fun and the animation decent, but it's two episodes that don't lead anywhere, as... Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by Winterwraith
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes there is a reason this anime has more negitive revews then...
For one thing this film has nothing to do with the Better Anime film Ninja Scroll,

This anime realy is a sore sight with a poorly done plot, Poorly done writing and a... Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Jason Burnham
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