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In this anime film, Jubei, a highly skilled ninja, is coerced into slaying his own clan of warriors. After begrudgingly killing his fellow swordsmen, he becomes a roving hired assassin. During his travels, he must face off against an organization of demonic ninjas known as the Devils of Kimon, who are plotting to take power of Japan's government. The Devils will stop at nothing, and have the power to annihilate entire villages. Now, only Jubei and a shogun spy named Dakuan can stop them.

Cast & Crew

Koichi Yamadera
Jubei Kibagami
Voice
Emi Shinohara
Kagero
Voice
Takeshi Aono
Dakuan
Voice
Daisuke Gôri
Genma Himuro
Voice
Toshihiko Seki
Yurimaru
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Shuichiro Moriyama
Sakaki Hyobu
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Masako Katsuki
Zakuro
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Katsuji Mori
Hanza
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Masamichi Fujiwara
Executive Producer
Makoto Hasegawa
Executive Producer
Yutaka Takahashi
Executive Producer
Haruo Sai
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Kaoru Wada
Original Music
Hitoshi Yamaguchi
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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

  • 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.

    November 22, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Its baroque sadism and sexism hasn't aged well, but it still packs a visceral kick.

    November 22, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There is so much going on here, that the film's total lack of subtext - or, more generously, its pure escapism - only sinks in afterwards. It may be a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing - but all that demon-whupping sure is fun.

    November 22, 2012
  • What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ...

    November 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A genuinely great piece of animation, one of the medium's greatest achievements in the 1990s in any country.

    April 3, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ninja Scroll is a champion of anime and belongs in the upper echelons of its history.

    February 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ninja Scroll

  • Nov 10, 2012
    One of the fire proofs for confirming if you should go deeper into the anime universe or not. A sensational, demon-plagued and action-driven classic with all the required elements to constitute a cult piece for modern viewers. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2010
    A ninja-for-hire joins forces with a cursed female ninja and a gnome-like spy to fight against the Eight Devils of the Dark Shogun. Above-average anime adventure/fantasy set in feudal Japan featuring nice artwork, a complicated but coherent plot, and graphic violence and nudity. This is a 5 star movie if you're a 16 year old boy, but loses a half star with every two years you age until it flattens out (if you're a girl, I assume it starts out flat).
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  • Sep 11, 2010
    12/09/2010 (ONLINE) If you liked "Ninja Assassin" then you may wanna see this, especially in the "blood and gore" department. This is another "classic" Manga/Anime that blew up the scene back in the days like "Fist of the North Star", "Guyver" and stuff like that and it's still a cool as flick to watch for me. The story is cool and I'm always down with the whole "Ninja" thing. Awesome drawings, kick-butt voicing and blood is constantly splattered generously. Although it's quite old it's still better than some the "animated flicks" made these days, even better than some "live action" ones too, but then again that's my opinion. It's been a while since I'd seen this and watching this again was still a great experience, I am glad I found it online because someone burrowed my DVD of this and I haven't seen it since. I might buy another one. Maybe.
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  • Sep 11, 2010
    An anime classic. The animation is vey stylized but all the charcaters have great attention to detail, for example the mass of the charactor shift natually almost lile good rotoscoping (animation done by tracing over live action shots) but better. It starts out really good but slows down towards the end. I made a mistake watching this with my sons. The violence is unhinged from the beginning, when it got to the part where the Stone creature knocked out the beautiful ninja Kagero and rippers her clothes off and was licking her, I said boys this movies for Dada only. This movie is brutal in every sense of the word. If it was live action it would be NC-17+. A definite must see for adult anime fans
    Bill C Super Reviewer

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