Ninja Scroll

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Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature takes place in more of a sword-and-sorcery epic set in feudal Japan. Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun. A story of impossible love between Jubei and Kagero is somewhat interesting, but the true draw of Ninja Scroll is its action sequences. The dazzling swordplay of Japanese live-action samurai movies is not often seen in the animated genre, which tends more towards science fiction; however, this animated work has fight scenes in abundance. Although its content is too strong for children, adult fans of Japanese animation, samurai films, and fantasy should find it enjoyable. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ninja Scroll

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (14) | 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.

    Nov 22, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • 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.

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

    Nov 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Ninja Scroll is a champion of anime and belongs in the upper echelons of its history.

    Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For fans of Japanese animation at its most colorful, stylized, and ultraviolent, the film delivers the goods.

    Feb 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • No-nonsense quest movie is chock-full of bloody slice-and-dice action, suitably grotesque villains and life-and-death confrontations.

    Feb 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | 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).
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • 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.
    EightThirty . Super Reviewer
  • 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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