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Red Shadow: Akakage (2001)

Red Shadow: Akakage





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Former music video director for such Japanese bands as Glay and Mr. Children, Hiroyuki Nakano follows up on the cult success of Samurai Fiction and Stereo Future with this mainstream adaptation of a 1960s comic book character. Set during in 1545 during the period of Warring States, the film centers on the once powerful and feared Kageichi ninja clan which now only boasts one master (Naoto Takenaka) and three disciples -- the good-hearted though innocent Akakage (Masanobu Ando), the bold but bull-headed Aokage (Jun Murakami) and the lithe but lethal Asuka (Kumiko Aso). As the trio performs acts of unrivalled bravery for their morally dubious master Lord Togo (Masahiko Tsugawa), they become embroiled in the affairs of the neighboring domain of the Kyogoku clan. Following the death of the old lord, the heir Princess Koto (Megumi Okina) takes the realm of power with an iron fist, even though her evil retainer Takeunouchi (Takanori Jinnai) is plotting her assassination with the help of Negoro (Jinpachi Nezu) and his band of ninjas. As the trio decides to fight against the usurpers, their altruistic battle becomes one of revenge when Asuka is struck down. Meanwhile, Princess Koto starts to develop some very unregal feelings for Akakage. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Aug 17, 2004


Masanobu Ando
as Aka Kage
Jun Murakami
as Ao Kage
Megumi Okina
as Koto Hime
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Another hip-hop mash-up of styles from the director of Samurai Fiction. Plenty of fun ninja traps and overwrought melodrama.

A sometimes surreal, sometimes comical, and sometimes emotionally gripping tale of three young ninjas. The visuals and lighting are quite amazing at times. Definitely a fresh take on martial arts/ninja films.


The overall tone of this film has a sly humor to it, which makes the deaths that happen all the more surprising. The use of color and colored lighting makes for a very visually striking film.

Worth a look.

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