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Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection)

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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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  • Actors: Tesshô Genda, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Arisa Andô, Takeshi Aono, Kinryû Arimoto
  • Directors: Yasunori Urata
  • Writers: Fûtarô Yamada
  • Producers: John Ledford
  • 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 (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection)" on IMDb

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "junglist" on 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 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 16 people found the following review helpful By James William Cook, Jr. on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claremont on October 15, 2002
Format: DVD
... Here is my review. Please this is only my opinion so read others before making a final decision.
Animation - The animation is okay I guess. I'm not an aficianado of Anime, so I cant really judge. I'd say its slightly better than a Saturday morning cartoon.
Plot - There are too many holes in Ninja Resurrection to actually call it a story. Its more like a couple of action sequences tied together by an overall plot. A plot that ends in a cliffhanger! Jubei doesn't save the girl, doesnt win the day, all is not right in the world. Just as things get ugly, END of DVD. This is where I feel cheated. I can handle a bad movie, but this is unfinished, and I think thats total crap. Nothing is resolved at the end of this DVD.
Characters - Jubei seems pretty cool, though he hardly fights anyone other than a bunch of 'red shirts'. But lets face it, you can hardly call those fights. Typical sequence, Jubei gets jumped by 15 'red shirt' ninja's, he flashes his sword in a wide arc, 15 ninja's are dead. The main fight in this DVD actually is in the beginning and it is very comical. I wont go into details, but it is sad.
There are other charcters that get introduced, only to vanish 5 minutes later, never to be heard from again. Jubei's Ninja friends in the beginning are a pretty interesting bunch, but you never hear from them after the said above main fight. It happens again later on when you are introduced to two female fighters. They are there, then gone 5 minutes later. Flip to the back of the DVD box and you will see Jubei flanked by two women and a bunch of Ninjas. Those are the two above mentioned women, and nowhere in the DVD you will find this scene.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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