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Ninja Scroll (1996)

Stephen Apostolina , Dean Wein , Kevin Seymour , Yoshiaki Kawajiri  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Apostolina, Dean Wein, Wendee Lee, Richard Epcar, Richard Cansino
  • Directors: Kevin Seymour, Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Writers: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Producers: David Del Rio, Eiichi Takahashi, Haruo Sai, John Ledford, Kazuhiko Ikeguchi
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305014140
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ninja Scroll" on IMDb

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A peak achievement of Japanese animation (anime), a propulsive mix of samurai action adventure and supernatural fantasy from writer-director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Supernatural Best City). This is defiantly animation for grown-ups, complete with founta

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319 of 359 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ninja Scroll 10th Anniversary Widescreen...- Beware!! October 29, 2003
Ninja Scroll is an excellent work of anime and cannot be praised too highly, but the new 10th Anniversary DVD edition only offers only a false widescreen - they have merely cut off the top and bottom of the view to give the appearance of widescreen. The DTS sound is not any fuller or crisper than the original fullscreen DVD, merely converted to DTS format. In short, this DVD is not worth upgrading to, and the fullscreen side is the only one worth watching. Save your money if you hope to improve on the original DVD's quality - the new anniversary DVD is actually an insult.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a story of epic proportions December 4, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
First, regarding its name: a more accurate translation from the original Japanese would be "The Chronicles of Ninja Jubei."
Second, regarding the "misogynism" in the film: While I understand how it might be interpreted that way, that's not quite true. Kagero is a fascinating character due to the tragedy of her curse. She plays a pivotal role in the story, but most importantly, the ultimate point of the love subplot is that Jubei's sense of honor is so strong and his heart is so pure that he will not use her as just a weapon or an object of lust, the way everyone else has used her. Even at the cost of his life (you will understand when you see it). That's what makes it such a powerful story.
This movie isn't for everyone, but it's an incredible film. It's extremely intense, so sensitive viewers should beware. The animation is beautiful; the action is intense and intelligently choreographed, not mindless and brutal; the plot is highly intricate and very well written.
The best anime that I've ever seen, period.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing transfer and remastering...Blu Ray Review December 3, 2012
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Quick review - if you like Anime, like violent Anime and like Samurai Anime, pick this up. It's just the movie (and includes nice director's commentary in Japanese with subtitles). And it's not the faux widescreen version on the anniversary set DVD (yes, 4:3 was included on it as well).

Definitely not one for the children.

Worth buying.

Ninja scroll is a 1993 Anime. It's generally considered a classic, and anyone who enjoys Anime and history of the culture, really should see this landmark film (landmark in the USA, if ).

Story goes that Jubei is brought in to fight an old enemy who is trying to overthrow the Japanese government. The bad guy also happens to be the leader of a band of super human soldiers, each with a different power that Jubei must work through to stop the plot.


Nothing short of amazing here. The video has been digitally remastered and as best I can tell, it retains all of the expected detail. It's not over done as sometimes happens to make things look more like digital animation. There shadows behind some of the cels, which is not a bad thing at all - it's the way it was created.

Encoded in AVC, the bit rate travels between 15 and 25 from what I've seen, occasionally dipping to around 10. I'm not seeing any issues with the encode at all.


There is a Japanese stereo DTS-MA track. I watched with this track and it sounds good. Stereo separation is there and done really well. I also spot checked the Japanese commentary. The commentary is overly loud compared to the regular Japanese track, but still sounds good.

The English track is 5.1 DTS-MA. This too sounds very good. There is a lot more going on in the audio - in terms of ambient sounds, than the Japanese track.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Samurai Code December 8, 2002
One tradition of Japanese manga and anime is based on the legends of Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi, who was a very real swordsman serving the Tokugawa Shogunate at the beginning of the 17th century. Jubei was known for wandering Japan, sometimes as a spy for the Shogun, and righting injustices with displays of his extraordinary swordsmanship. Kind of a Japanese Knight of the Roundtable.
In 'Ninja Scroll', this part is played by Jubei Kibagami, an itinerant ninja. He is drawn into clan politics when he comes to the aid of Kagero, a female ninja in service to the Yamashiro clan. To save Kagero, Jubei must successfully challenge Tessai, an evil ninja (one of the Eight Devils of Kimon) with the ability to turn his skin into stone, and the strength to chop walls down. Jubei succeeds, but Tessai swears vengeance, leaving Jubei deeply entangled in a struggle with the Shogun of the Dark.
The third player in this contest is Dakuan, the Shoguns spy. He is a deadly old man who recruits Jubei by giving him a poison that will kill him in a day and a night. Dakuan informs Jubei that Himuro Gemma, an old enemy that Jubei was sure was dead, was still alive, and, in the company of the Devils, was at the center of the plotting. Jubei, Dakuan, and Kagero must defeat the evil ninjas and discover the purpose behind the killing of an entire village.
Kagero is a poison taster, and, as a result, is permeated with deadly toxins. She can never take a lover, because even her kiss would kill. At this point in Japanese history such a woman was an outcaste, having little value in the eyes of her society. Jubei shatters her world when he insists on treating her as an honorable human being, creating a strong emotional tension that plays against the simple samurai action of the main plot.
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