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  • Actors: Ruriko Asaoka, Yûjirô Ishihara, Mikio Narita, Tetsuro Tamba, Ryohei Uchida
  • Directors: Toshio Masuda
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANIMEIGO
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1F77A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow Hunters" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Sudden Death Comes In Threes!

Based on the manga by Saito Takao (Golgo-13)
Directed by Masuda Toshio (Tora! Tora! Tora!)
Starring the legendary Ishihara Yujiro (Incident at Blood Pass)

During the corrupt rule of the Tokugawa government, three cold-blooded killers live only to deliver death to their elusive prey — ninjas! These are the Shadow Hunters.

A simple task becomes deadly when the three assassins are hired to ensure that a vital deed is safely delivered to Edo. Along the way, ninja, double-agents, and sexy female assassins will team up to deliver a deed of their own — a dirty deed of death to the Shadow Hunters!

DVD Features:
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen
Japanese with English Subtitles

Bonus Material Includes:
Original Theatrical Trailers for: Shadow Hunters, Echo of Destiny (Shadow Hunters II) & Demon Spies
Image Gallery
Interactive Program Notes

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Pettibone on August 25, 2005
Format: DVD
Just received part one of the 1972 Toho film SHADOW HUNTERS a film that I have been waiting a long time to see. Animeigo has done another terrific job with this one as part of their Samurai film series from Japan on DVD. Can you imagine three cold blooded killers being sent on a mission which is constantly interrupted by ninja, female assassins, and corrupt officials all desiring a deed these three are trying to deliver to Edo? Lots and lots of blood and violence before they ride off one final time into the sunset. The hand to hand combat with scores of ninja is worth the price alone as they battle in some really terrific moves toward their objective. Easy to read subtitles make this journey even more enjoyable. And just think part two with even more action will be released soon. This thirty plus years wait has been well worth it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Cortes on August 7, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
MAN!!! What A movie!! This "Ninja vs. Samurai" film IS SOOOO ACTION-PACKED and is HIGH QUALITY. The action scenes were very well choreoghraphied, there is blood and gore, cool fights between samurais and ninjas, COOL ninja tricks, beautiful cinematoghraphy, GREAT acting and not to mention it's interesting story,...I mean, three samurais wandering around the country killing enemies for money and wanted DEAD by an army of ninjas. COOOOL!!!!!

I remember the high quality action-packed fantasy anime called Ninja Scroll that have a similar concept witch is about a wanderer swordman that is also wanted DEAD by an army of ninjas. WELL!! The concept is similar but this movie is NOT fantasy and is about three wanderer swordmen fighting an army of ninjas.

P.S: Another cool stuf is that the director is a celebrity because he is the one that directed TORA!TORA!TORA! If you like COOL action-packed samurai movies directed by celebrities then I recommend Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades and Zatoichi: Darkness is his Ally.

Adios.
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By Joseph L. Brady on February 14, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This was a fun Samurai, ronin, slice 'em and dice 'em movie. The only drawback was the funky, early seventies music track. Several american and italian-made westerns had the same type of soundtrack in the seventies also. Other than that it was just fun to watch. A few of the characters and acting was a little bit off the mark. I also bought the sequel and it was marginally better.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By El Guapo on February 26, 2011
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Here's my take on this movie. Overall, it was enjoyable film and I don't mind adding it to my collection of Japanese slasher films. As others have mentioned the ending has a little to be desired without a really good story arc. It's more of a half thrown change up pitch. I was looking for more of a LONE WOLF and cub level of film, yet was disappointed with the amount of blood and gore. The swordplay is decent and the acting isn't so bad. This film is a little more lighthearted than Lone Wolf.. the storyline had a good concept, however the film leaves the viewer wanting to see a possible sequel to a complete ending. The humor in the film is what keeps the film rolling. The story also has the viewer curious on what becomes of the ronin as another hook throughout the film. Once again this is my opinion and had expectations for a Shogun Assassin type film... There is much to be desired.. I like this film enough but am disappointed..

And yes there is some cheezy 70's music.. I don't mind it to some extent as I am aware that these Japanese films were created in the early 70's. The viewer will feel displaced, yet I found it somewhat humorous. I would say this movie is good enough.

I've watched this movie again and am enjoying it on a more comical point of view.
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