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A movie directed by Ten Shimoyama based on the manga

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It Is The Shinobi Way To Make One Sick Movie

  • Oct 9, 2007
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I put this movie on my wish list a while ago and to be honest I didn't know anything about it and forgot about it after some time. I was sitting at home looking for stuff to watch on one really boring night and out of nowhere I see Shinobi on my now favorite TV station the AZN Network. Shinobi is a very simple but strong film and the time will fly by watching it. If you don't know Shinobi is adapted from the book "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls" like the anime Basilisk and both use a lot of the same character names. A Shinobi is a ninja with inhuman powers that put them on a entirely different level than normal ninja. The movie is set long ago when two ninja clans had to fight each other in a last man standing battle. The Iga clan and the Koga clan both produce powerful Ninja.

5 Shinobi are picked from both clans and the 5 will fight until one is left standing. The true problem is that this film is more of a Romeo and Juliet or West Side Story. The two leaders of the clan are secretly in love and have been keeping this secret for a while. Now that they must go to war with each other the two try and forget about their love and fight like they were trained to do. There is a lot of risks in Shinobi that could destroy the film if done wrong or cheap. The fight sequences are out of this world and very well done. The film uses crazy special effects to increase the power of the shinobi and also show their godly talents. To explain best it is definitely something you would expect only animation could create or a video game. I know that might sound a little impossible but somehow this director and his crew made it look very realistic and exciting. There is little martial arts if any so don't expect that.

The acting was good but it's not totally what stood out so it wasn't strong enough to mention. The story itself is simple like I said but still the culture and history make it more interesting. The settings and cinematography were amazing, very clean, and colorful. I only wish that I could've seen this on the big screen. All of the characters were cool and original with great weird personalities. Overall I could understand that some people might take away from this movie seeing the weird cinematography as a fault, the acting or even the simple story. I understand that but I thought this movie was fine and if anything the fights could have had more stylish choreography. Hey if you get to watch this all I can say is make sure your imagination is really running so you can super enjoy it.

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September 05, 2010
Not the best ninja movie I've seen but a pretty darn great adaptation of a manga. I still dug this a lot.
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review by . June 08, 2009
I was never really into Ninja movies, they rarely invoke the coolness factor of being a badass shadow assassin, so before I watched this movie, I didn't really have high expectation for it.  But I was left pleasantly surprised, this movie has great characters and good action scenes, and features some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen.    Shinobi is adapted from the Manga "Kouga Ninja Scrolls", although I have never read the series, I think the Manga root of the movie …
review by . June 16, 2009
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      Adapted from the novel by Futaro Yamada, "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls", SHINOBI HEART UNDER BLADE (aka. Kouga Ninpouchou Basilisk, 2005) is an action-fantasy-romance epic directed by Shimoyama Ten and written by Kenya Hirata. Yamada's novel has also been adapted into the manga series and later on to the anime series "Basilisk", and while that animated feature focused more on action and its characters, this live-action version focuses more on the tragedy …
review by . October 29, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
The synopsis I saw for this movie was X-Men meets Romeo & Juliet in Japan. That pretty much sums it up. It essentially focuses on two Japanese clans with warriors who possess superpowers. Two of those "mutants" had fallen in love and are reluctant to fight.    The cinematography is great. There is some very interesting use of filter effects. By the way, it has very creative sound effects.     However, I felt that there was probably a bit too much fighting …
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Shinobi - Heart Under Blade or Kouga Ninpouchou Basilisk - The Live-Action is a 2005 Japanese ninjutsu romance film directed by Ten Shimoyama and written by Kenya Hirata. The story is an adaptation of the novel, The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Futaro Yamada, which depicts the clash between two ninja clans, Iga and Kouga, and the fated love between Gennosuke (Koga) and Oboro (Iga). The theme song of this movie was the number one hit, HEAVEN, by Ayumi Hamasaki. This movie won both best actor and best new actress awards at both the Kinema Junpo Awards and Yokohama Film Festival in 2006 according to the Internet Movie Database.

On February 6, 2007, Funimation Entertainment released the film in the United States. The contents of the DVD is a 2-Disc Set with the main movie available in Japanese and a new dub from Funimation themselves. The 2nd Disc contains Special Features and making-ofs. All of the films are subtitled in English.

Also a manga and an anime called Basilisk are based on the same novel, and bear the same character names as in the novel and the movie. Although their characters in the film are highly altered from both the original novel and the manga/anime series.

Equal partsRomeo and JulietandCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,Shinobioffers breathtaking cinematography, appealing actors, and ninjas. What more could a movie fan ask for? Released in 2005,Shinobiis set in 17th century Japan, which is dominated by two powerful clans. Oboro is a member of the Iga clan, while ...

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Director: Ten Shimoyama
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release Date: November 17, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2007 (U.S.)
Runtime: 1hr 41min
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