Red Ninja 3 Film Set
The Films: NinjaScope (1966) - The first in the trilogy of Watari, Ninja Boy, starring Yoshinobu Kaneko as Watari and a stellar cast. The feature film were based on the hit television series of the same name and are cult classics.
(English Version); Watari the Conquerer (1967) - The second big screen adventure of Watari has him up against demons and monsters. (English Version); Watari and the Fantastiks (1970) - Watari the Ninja Boy gets a magic sword in his fight for right and justice. (English Version)
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The hitch here, however is twofold. First is the fact that though the image is acceptable for viewing, some viewers may be put off by what could be perceived as the series having a cheap look and feel. That was perfectly okay for a kids' show of its era, so anyone expecting low-budget Japanese children's fare from the the mid-1960's to possess the production values of a theatrical feature has no grasp of the realities of both this niche of the genre nor what to expect from old Japanese kiddie shows. To audiences who are at least twenty years younger than those of us who grew up with daily after-school airings of Ultraman, Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, Space Giants, and Spectreman, this stuff will no doubt look cheap and cheesy as hell. It's a product of its time and should therefore not be held up in comparison to more sophisticated modern fare that has the benefit of larger budgets and better special effects.
The other problem is that this three-film set tries to pass itself off as three films when it is actually only two. It Includes Ninjascope: The Magic World of Ninjas on Side A of the disc, while Side B contains Watari the Conqueror and Watari and the Fantastiks, both of which are the exact same movie, only with different titles. It could be presumed that the film was distributed in different areas under the two different titles and that the issuers of this DVD either did not know the difference or were aware of it but simply did not care.