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Shadow Warriors: Season 1 (1980)

Sue Shiomi , Sonny Chiba  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Sue Shiomi, Sonny Chiba
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 1235 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFDAQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow Warriors: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 27 episodes from teh complete first season on 7 discs
  • New interview with star Sonny Chiba
  • 12-page booklet on the series

Editorial Reviews

In 1651 during the Edo Period the 11-year-old Ietsuna becomes the 4th Shogun leading his influential chief retainers to plot against each other to take the reins of power. The Hattori family a clan of Iga Ninjas who were former vassals and protectors of the previous Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu have since fallen from grace. Their third generation ancestor Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) is now working as the master at public bathhouse in Edo City. Etsuko Shiomi Hiroyuki Sanada and Kenji Oba stars in this series. Extras include new interviews with Chiba and 12 page booklet on the series by Patrick Macias.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SPORTS/GAMES/MIXED MARTIAL ARTS UPC: 787364713493

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Series August 22, 2007
By L. Chua
Kage no Gundan Hattori Hanzo (Shadow Warriors) is an excellent series with a mix of drama and action. Sonny Chiba is great as Hattori Hanzo by portraying him with emotion. The rest of the cast did a great job and there is a heavy amount of big cast of guest actors and actresses. The action sequences are good to watch especially when Hanzo and his band of Iga ninjas finishes off the enemies. If you are big into jidaigeki (period drama), you might want to try and see this one. I've seen this series repeatedly over and over since I got a hold of it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ninja TV Series-- Highly Reccommended March 28, 2008
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If you are into martial art movies and ninjas this is a must have. This is where Quentin Tarrentino got some of his ideas for his Kill Bill series. Hence the Taro Hanzo sword. It is in Japanese with english subtitles. The nice thing too about this series is it is not edited for American Television. So expect to see more blood shed and a little nudity. For mature audiences. Some may complain about the video quality, but you have to realize when the series was made. I feel the series is well written for the most part and draws your interest with excitement. Hanzo is one awesome respected ninja leading his Iga Clan of ninjas against evil in feudal Japan. Enjoy.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shadows of iga May 10, 2007
anyone who loves ninja movies this is the collection you need. sonny chiba

loosely recreates the life of noted ninja leader hanzo hattorie. and his

band of iga ninja these dvd's are awsome lots of action, intriege and passion. and true ninjutsu martial arts and weapons and explosives.

its a must see for any and all practioners of ninjutsu.ive read the

current ninjutstu grand master Masaaki Hatsumi actually helped durring filming of these movies.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry if I get a little nostalgic January 26, 2009
By GtheB
Where I grew up (the LA Metro area) we did not get cable tv until like 1982 and actually quality has been in a steady decline ever since.
We had 3 independent stations (I remember my dad let me stay up late on a school night to watch the Deer Hunter uncut on KCOP) and very local UHF channels (18,22,52,and 28 which was PBS) where I watched this series when it originally aired here on Sunday night, right on the heels of the very popular Yagyu Conspiracy (also starring Chiba that was a spin off of the movie which I highly recommend).
And at the same time my other favorite show New Wave Theatre was also on every week on the same channel!!!
This is the best in the series of 'Kage no Gundam' productions, I think it went up to III or IV and should have ended with II. This was cool b/c in the Yagyu Conspiracy the Iga were used as pawns and now we got to view it at the 'grunt' level - whereas the YC was like a typical war movie and KnG was like 'Band of Brothers'.
It would have been way better to watch the YC first b/c it would give background and context to this show, especially all the theories of what was happening during this period (there is a reason why there is so many movies and anime about this period b/c it is a mystery) as well as a look at the 3 headed beast of Japanese politics.
I am looking forward to this, but have to admit I will miss the commercials, especially the used car salesman 'JAX' - imagine a Japanese Jerry Lewis, who learned the trade from a Texan. My mom would get pissed at us every week b/c we would say 'oh look it's your boyfriend'-she hadn't figured out that if she ignored us we would have stopped. So every week she would get all huffy while me and my dad would laugh, it got to a point where we would just look at each other and she would get pissed.

Man I miss UHF...I think I just really miss my dad
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Standard for Ninja Television Drama April 28, 2009
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If you like Ninja storylines, you'll love Kage No Gundan (this first series). Sonny Chiba plays Hattori Hanzo, the leader of the Igas who were framed and then relinquished of their duties as official spies for the Shogunate ten years prior. The Igas only want to be left alone and have peace in the land, but their successors, the Koga are paranoid that the Igas want their old title back. Meanwhile, the new Shogun is a child, and that is cause for political turmoil. The guardian of the new Shogun enlists Hanzo and his band to fight the bad guys and keep peace in the land.
I think what makes this series great is the diversity of the episodes. Although it is formulatic (after all, it is a tv show from 1980), each episodes contains great action scenes, drama and comedy. Sonny Chiba is great in this, and it gives him the opportunity to play serious killer, understanding leader, and silly undercover guise. And if there is one thing that Japanese cinema, television included, does well, is that of the tragic romance - and sure enough, this series has it, which involves Hattori Hanzo. All in all, a great televison series.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sonny Chiba - A Precursor to Kill Bill October 22, 2007
A must have for anyone interested in early Ninja/Samurai TV series from Japan. First in a series featuring Sonny Chiba (Chiba Shinchi) as Hattori Hanzo the chief of the Iga ninjas. Good action, decent storylines, and very good acting by a variety of supporting characters. Subtitling is decent and easy to read. This is one of the main sources of inspiration for Kill Bill. Only available in poorly copied bootleg VHS and DVDs for many years so it is great to have a quality transfer at a very reasonable price. I hope they put out the rest of the series soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
A lot of fun to watch. Great action and story line. Wish the rest of the seasons would be released with subtitles!
Published 4 months ago by Jeffrey
4.0 out of 5 stars a little grainy in places but still good.
Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba in one of his most famous roles. When this was played in California in the 80's for the first time it brought Sonny Chiba & ninjas further into... Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Klepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente series.
This series is very good and I am waiting eagerly for the second season to came out.
The plot of each episode is good. Most of them are not very original but some are. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Francisco Coutinho
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Warriors is action packed Sonny Chiba goodness in a decent...
Oh god, I don't even know where to start with this DVD set. Ninjas? Check. Sonny Chiba? Check. 70s style soundtrack that doesn't necessarily fit into a period-themed show but... Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Kane Kaosaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting - gets better as the season progresses
We first saw this series on television 25 years ago, and enjoyed it. I happened across this boxed set, and thought we could relive the pleasure again. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by jm
5.0 out of 5 stars real first season
The real first season of "Kage no Gundan" was black and white, with no subtitles when it was televised in the USA in the 1980s. Read more
Published on December 22, 2010 by akros
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own for any fan of period damas or sonny Chiba
Shodow Warriors is one of my favorite period dramas it has a great blend of action,comedy,and romance. Read more
Published on July 21, 2010 by ChibaFan101
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Japanese TV series
If your asian and grew up watching Japanese TV series on the weekends like I did, you probably know about Shadow Warriors. As a kid, it was the coolest thing to watch. Read more
Published on May 12, 2010 by undertheshrine
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Warriors=Hattori Hanzo
Excellent. The product was great and the shipping and received time was excellent. Exactly what I was looking for. Will definitely order again from this vendor.
Published on March 14, 2010 by G. Miura
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 episodes of great fun
This is cool stuff people.It's not for everyone.If you like or love Sonny Chiba,you'll love this series.It has a little bit of everything in it. Read more
Published on March 12, 2010 by S. R. MCCARTHY
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