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What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ...
What dazzles most is the contrast between the beautifully rendered, pastoral backdrops of crags, waterfalls, forests, and temples, and the gruesome, stylized violence that takes place against them.
For those seeking the best ninja/samurai action on screen, there are dozens of live action movies either directed by Akira Kurosawa or based on manga by Kazuo Koike that are much better films than Ninja Scroll.
A wandering ronin takes on a posse of supernatural ninjas in a whipcracking race that never lets reality get in the way of a hearty bout of blood-lettting.
It may be a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing - but all that demon-whupping sure is fun.
Its baroque sadism and sexism hasn't aged well, but it still packs a visceral kick.
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