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Director: Ten Shimoyama     Starring: Yukie Nakama Jô Odagiri
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 207536733
UPC: 704400095641
UPC 14: 00704400095641
Category Keywords: Competitions  Enemies  Fantasy  Japan  Ninjas  Romance  War
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Love is War.
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 Iga, 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 of the Koga and Iga clans will battle against each other to the death. As a great war begins, it brings the two young heirs together again. But this time as enemies.

" superhero comic book, parts tragic love story, and when it hits its stride, a seriously insane manga come alive.
"...a very good movie...full of interesting and rich characters...  Jeff Swindoll, Monsters and Critics
"The mix of romance and action adventure is set against the beautiful scenery of Japan and spiced up with state of the art visual FX.  Razor Reel
"It's gorgeous, absolutely heart-breakingly beautiful.  Seattle International Film Festival
"Masterpiece.  Toronto After Dark Film Festival


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Funimation Prod Inc
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/13/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 09564
Video UPC UPC: 00704400095641
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Erika Sawajiri
Video Cast Info Jo Odagiri
Video Cast Info Tomoka Kurotani
Video Cast Info Yukie Nakama
Video Cast Info Futaro Yamada - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Isao Kawase - Editor
Video Cast Info Kenya Hirata - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Masasai Chikamori - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Nozomu Enoki - Producer
Video Cast Info Taro Iwashiro - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ten Shimoyama - Director
Video Cast Info Toshihiro Isomi - Production Designer

Professional Reviews 9 of 10
If you were to make a live-action anime, you couldn't do any better than what director Shimoyama Ten ("Muscle Heat") has done with "Shinobi: Heart Under Blade", a film that is parts superhero comic book, parts tragic love story, and when it hits its stride, a seriously insane manga come alive. Essentially a familiar story about duty-bounded souls caught up in circumstances not of their own making, the film is an excellent example of not re-inventing the wheel, but rather taking what is there and making it work nonetheless. The presence of good actors, a tender and affecting love story, and wild action makes for one excellent action-adventure romp through feudal Japan...At less than 2 hours, "Shinobi" is sadly too short, and a longer running time is needed not only to explore the film's many fascinating ninja characters, but also to fully delve into the reasoning behind the Shogun's decision to kill off the Iga and Kouga. We understand that the Shogun sees the two clans as threats, but we never really get a sense of the man himself, and whether his actions are really for peace or if he fears being overthrown. Obviously it speaks volumes for "Shinobi: Heart Under Blade" that I wanted the film to go on longer. If "Azumi 2" failed to live up to the hype, "Shinobi" more than exceeded my expectations.

Variety 8 of 10
Star-crossed lovers and samurai superheroes cross swords and mix genres to little satisfaction in "Shinobi," a period actioner from Japan. Presence of local heartthrob Joe Odagiri compensated for the story's weaknesses and helped garner strong B.O. upon domestic release in September. Pic also performed well in Taiwan, but the further it ventures from Asian territories the more returns are likely to diminish. Asian-themed fests catering to popular culture will want to look; ancillary cult audience is assured...In feudal Japan, two warring tribes of magical samurai clans known as shinobi, are separated by a mountain range and years of distrust. Hopes of bridging that gap via a clandestine romance between Oboro (Yukie Nakama) and Gennosuke (Odagiri) are dashed when a war breaks out between the two clans. Each tribe selects its top five warriors (including the lovers, natch) and pic begins to resemble a superhero squareoff with familiar superpowers that will recall both "Spider-man" and the "X-men" franchises. Helming is functional, but cannot fulfill the action ambitions of the piece. Lensing looks promising, but at market sesh caught, Shochiku opted to present pic via DV. Other tech credits are pro. - Russell Edwards

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