does it better
a fabulous mix of
Japanese creative photo-
graphy and special effects
supports an exciting story
of the destiny of the
warrior Shinobi set in the
time of the Shoguns....
THE STUFF OF LEGENDS, this delightful offering about the Shinobi
elite and strangely-gifted ninja warriors who live only for battle
is set in the Japan of 1614, during
a time when the country is united under the Shogun.
Following hundreds of years of war, peace has come to the land and the two tribes
of Shinobi the Koga and the Iga, whose history dates back to the 14th
Century and who are the bitterest of enemies are living in obscurity.
at the waterside near the shared border of the two clans, Oboro (Yukie Nakama),
the lovely grand-daughter of Ogen, the chieftain of the Iga clan of Tsubagakure,
watches a handsome falcon and secretly meets Gennosuke (Joe Odagiri), grandson
of Danjo, the chieftain of the Koga clan of Manjidani. But fate is already conspiring
against the lovers.
Everything in this spiritual land seems perfect until the Shogun's adviser
whispers in his ear that he should beware the power of the Shinobi and deal
with them once and for all. And so it comes to pass that Ogen and Danjo are
called before the Shogun and each is ordered to choose five ninja from among
their best warriors who must fight to the death until only one remains.
Having chosen their best ninja, Ogen and Danjo fight to the death themselves
and both of them lose their lives. Ogen has chosen Oboro to succeed her and
Danjo has chosen Gennosuke. But do they die in honour or live in love? Gennosuke
and Oboro are pawns in the imperial plotting, caught in the middle of an all-out
conflict with family honour at stake and deep-seated beliefs in fate
however tragic that might be.
are given just two days to prepare and Gennosuke, determined not to fight, tries
to dissuade Oboro from fighting him. But she has accepted her fate: "I knew
I would join with you only in dreams", she
says sadly, telling him: "Our stars
Gennosuke immediately sets off to confront the Shogun at Sumpu Castle and discover
the truth, but Oboro and her ninjas follow. A trail of death is left in their
wake as they all use their remarkable talents to protect them-selves. Among
Oboro's ninjas is a faithful young girl, Hotaru-bi who is sworn to protect
her mistress and the loyal and mysterious Tenzen. Gennosuke's ninjas
include Kagero, who breathes poison.
Starring Yuki Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Kippei Shiina, Tomoka Kurotani and Erika
Sawajiri, Shinobi is an incredibly beautiful but sad film as Japanese
films so often are. The music is lovely, including the credits song Heaven
words by Ayumi Hamasaki; music Kazuhito Kikuchi; arrangement; Yuta Nakano
& KZB. Directed by Ten Shimoyama, Shinobi is from an original story by Yamada
Shinobi will be released on DVD on 11 February (2008) at an RRP of £19.99.
In Japanese with subtitles.
Extras: Visual FX of Shinobi Featurette | Visual FX Explanation Featur-ette
| Weapons of Shinobi Featurette | Set Design and Construction Featurette | Storyboards
| Original Trailers | Character Gallery | Stills Gallery.
Technical Spec: Cert 15 | Feature running time: 98 minutes approx-imately |
Colour PAL | Region 2 | Feature Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 | Dolby Digital 5.1 | Japanese
with English Subtitles | Cat No: OPTDO333.