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Shinobi - Heart Under Blade (2005)

Yukie Nakama , Jô Odagiri , Ten Shimoyama  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yukie Nakama, Jô Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri, Takeshi Masu
  • Directors: Ten Shimoyama
  • Writers: Fûtarô Yamada, Kenya Hirata
  • Producers: Hiroyuki Saitô, Jun'ichi Sakomoto, Nozomu Enoki, Takeo Hisamatsu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HXDWOG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shinobi - Heart Under Blade" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Shinobi action: Sumpu Castle fight
  • Director storyboard collection
  • Original TV spots and trailer
  • Shinobi art: Manjidani
  • VFX behind the scenes
  • Weapons introduction
  • Storyboard collection

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

Equal parts Romeo and Juliet and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Shinobi offers breathtaking cinematography, appealing actors, and ninjas. What more could a movie fan ask for? Released in 2005, Shinobi is set in 17th century Japan, which is dominated by two powerful clans. Oboro is a member of the Iga clan, while her lover Gennosuke is the son of the leader of the Koga clan. Both groups are comprised of expert ninjas who have developed skills unknown to most mortals. When Oboro and Gennosuke meet, they are unaware that by their birthrights, they are meant to hate--not love--each other. When the nefarious Shogun--eager to increase his own power by doing away with both clans--announces that each faction will send in five ninjas to fight to the death, Oboro and Gennosuke are sent in to battle against each other for the honor of their clans. Filled with action (including some computer-generated images to enhance the actors' warrior-like qualities) and romance, Shinobi has the makings of a sweeping epic. Though based on an anime series, the film succeeds as a stand-alone piece of work. Beautifully filmed and well-acted, the film is exciting and heartbreaking, and the viewer senses both hope and doom all the way through the finale. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

"Masterpiece" - Toronto After Dark Film Festival

The year is 1614, Japan has been united under the Tokugawa Shoguns and the land is beginning to feel at peace. Two remote ninja clans, the Koga and the Igo, are ancient enemies but have long been bound by a peace agreement forbidding them to fight. The heirs to the leadership of both clans have fallen in love, but a tragic fate awaits them. A cruel plot is set by the Shogun to wipe these two clans from existence by breaking the peace agreement and forcing the two clans to battle. Five Ninjas of each the Koga and the Iga clans will battle eagainst each other to the death. As a great war begins, it brings the two young heirs together again. But this time as enemies.

Bonus Disc includes:

  • Shinobi Action - Sumpu Castle Fight
  • Director Storyboard Collection
  • Original TV Spots and Trailers
  • Shinobi Art - Manjidani
  • VFX Behind the Scenes
  • Weapons Introduction
  • "...Romeo and Juliet meets special effects, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... soaring through the air.." "It's gorgeous, absolutely heart-breakingly beautiful." - Seattle International Film Festival


  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    The dvd of SHINOBI HEART UNDER BLADE U.S. version is almost an exact duplicate of the Region-3 Thai version. I have both the 3-disc Japanese region-2 copy and the Hong Kong Region-3 DTS-ES dvd. The japanese and Hk releases have the best transfers. If you have multi-region capability, buy the Japanese or Hong Kong versions. But whatever you do, do not miss this film.

    The following review applies to the Hong Kong Region-3 release:

    I just finished watching my dvd copy of this film and felt that I have to review this marvelously tragic but hopeful film. Mind you, this SHINOBI film does not follow any of the video-game inspired Shinobi titles, rather it is based on the JAPANESE FEUDAL LEGEND from which both the video game and the anime series "Basilisk" were based on.

    In order for you to love this film, you have to have an idea of Japanese customs and their unrelenting loyalty to their emperor/leader. For them, their Emperor is like a living God-man. That is why when a new Shogunate has united feudal Japan, he fears that the wrath of the SHINOBI may upset the balance of power. SHINOBI is the elite NINJA clan, who has been trained since birth in the art of combat and warfare.

    Two Ninja clans has had a truce for years that the new Lord of the shogunate has lifted this truce and has misled them into believing that each clan will help decide who will ascend to the role of shogun(in the future) should they have 5 of their greatest and most skilled warriors to battle each other in a contest to the death. Gennusuke and Oboro are the lovers caught in the middle because each have ascended to the role of chieftain in their respective clans.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Live action Anime that's not for geeks March 17, 2007
    Format:DVD
    In the same spirit of Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon, Shinobi goes very deep into cultural roots with a heavy dose of "Animé" like action to create a compelling love story rich with visual fanfare.

    Though the romantic plot is not as powerful as Crouching Tiger or House of Flying Daggers, it is still a compelling story for which you will want to know how it ends. But frankly, the real meat and potatoes of this movie is about the combat and the very Animé inspired characters. There are other live action animés out there, but this has quickly taken it's place to my number one favorite amongst them. Bonus points for making this accessible to the open non-initiated public. Naruto fans should find the same kind of interesting character concepts, save for the fact that everything is taken with a very mature tone (no teen aged ninjas here). Anyone who liked Warriors of Zu Mountain or Storm Riders will definitely want to pick this up.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Unique Combination of Genres! March 31, 2011
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    While the other user here's comment is notable, that it does not state that it is dubbed in English, I find it deplorable that because of this one reason he rated such an excellent movie 1 star.. This is an injustice to this great movie.. I know that we lazy Americans want a one-stop-shop so we expect to find 100% of the info we need here on Amazon when renting a movie, but even though Amazon didn't include that one detail of information.. I mean.. Come on... It's a foreign film (of Japanese culture I believe?) and most all foreign films are either entirely or partially in their native language. If you really want to be a bugger about it, then pop open a new window, hit up […], type in for example "Shinobi Heart Under Blade," the IMDB will come up in the first few listings, click on it and look for language and subtitles. Takes less than one minute..

    Okay.. Rant over.. This is an amazing movie, absolutely amazing. It is a great martial arts movie with a few aspects of wire-fu (i.e. Hero, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, etc.) and the rest of plain old martial arts, but good martial arts! The fight scenes are awesome. There is a Romeo and Juliet type love story as well for the romantics. The two featured on the cover are the heirs to each of the two Shinobi tribes which have always warred with one another, more particularly now so that there is peace among the land and their culture knows nothing but fighting. The movie has aspects of mysticism as well, almost sci-fi. There are some parts that seem to hint or directly imply magic, and other parts that feel like a foreign X-Men film. The back story and primary story is worthy of a classic foreign epic. Maybe not in the top best of all time, but definitely one of the better.
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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    By A. Lung
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Since I am drawn to the subject of ninjas in general, I had to check out this film no matter what. While I do not regret purchasing this DVD, for it's certainly well-produced and visually pleasing. I can't help but think that this story would've been served best by using a mini-series format that could've fleshed out the characters more thoroughly and further develop the drama and details of this saga (as hinted by the characters' histories in the Official Movie website). It was certainly a pleasant experience albeit without any real plot twists or surprises.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Movie was okay, action wasn't as expected
    Published 1 month ago by AWM
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shinobi-Heart Under Blade
    Different type love story with Shinobi characters with the same old problem with two people fall in love but from two different villages that hate each other and enter the Shogun... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Lee F. Allen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    It was great and I would recommend this movie to anyone whom likes Asian rommance movies! I gave it 5 stars!
    Published 5 months ago by Michael O. Brundage
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Movie
    I first saw Shinobi with a half-Japanese friend of mine who was not really into martial arts, but who had fallen in love with this movie. He wanted me to watch it too, and I did. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Missy Machete
    3.0 out of 5 stars Korean Romeo and Juliette
    A decent movie, the scenery is very pretty, the acting true to form as the story line for an Asian drama of doomed love.
    Published 6 months ago by Angmar
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shinobi
    What a great movie. Has a Romeo and Juliet story line to it, but with amazing martial arts scenes. The finale few scenes are so well done. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jacobv
    4.0 out of 5 stars There is enough story line here for a mini series.
    Wish that there was more individual character development - because many of the supporting characters are in some ways more interesting than the main characters. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Harlen Henegar
    5.0 out of 5 stars its a good movie of the anime
    i had seen it before and i really liked it so owning a copy was the next step it was great
    Published 8 months ago by idalia rosado
    5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare love story with a comic book plot
    I saw this this on Netflix and like it much I watched it a second time. Some violence but the story is romantic and has dry humor.
    Published 8 months ago by Alvin Campbell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars due to rarity.
    Shinobi (Heart Under Blade) is a strange film. It makes no sense. By the end of the film, the Koga look like the Bujinkan; and the Bujinkan
    the Koga. Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Shinobi
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