Shadow Warriors: Season 1
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- All 27 episodes from teh complete first season on 7 discs
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
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.
The plot of each episode is good. Most of them are not very original but some are.
The fight scenes are excellent.
There is some nudity . Chiba disguises itself as a bath house owner and so there are many scenes with female customer showing their breasts. The ladies that appear half naked are beautiful so I can only applaud.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good but if you know which season you buy. I think this is the first. Later one much more balance with comedy and action.Published 9 months ago by Tuong Lam
Such a great show !! If you love intrigue and. Espionage. This show is for you! This is the story of hanzi hattori the greatest ninja who ever live! Read morePublished 14 months ago by shadow writer 99
great ninja series from the 1980's. Action is good, strategy is good. Worth watching.Published 20 months ago by gymgirl
A lot of fun to watch. Great action and story line. Wish the rest of the seasons would be released with subtitles!Published on March 13, 2014 by Jeffrey
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 morePublished on January 14, 2013 by S. Klepper
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 morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Kane Kaosaard
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 morePublished on January 8, 2011 by jm