Red Shadow: Akakage (2001)

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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, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Masanobu Ando
as Aka Kage
Jun Murakami
as Ao Kage
Megumi Okina
as Koto Hime
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Audience Reviews for Red Shadow: Akakage

Another hip-hop mash-up of styles from the director of Samurai Fiction. Plenty of fun ninja traps and overwrought melodrama.

Mike Boas
Mike Boas
½

Above average kung-fu flick about three young ninjas who have been trained to engage in combat and run missions. It's two guys and one girl, so naturally, both pine for the woman, but then she dies, and the two guy friends are torn apart. Soon, war is afoot between villages and the two ninjas are forced to reunite again to help bring peace to the land. The film is a stylish and colorful send up to old-school kung-fu and samurai films. It incorporates a lot of funny humor, some great fight scenes, and an all around good story. I liked it.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

This movie had a few parts that were HILARIOUS but for the most part was extremely slow. Not as many camera effects as Samurai Fiction and the music was very industrial (much like you would hear in The Matrix). The costumes were pretty nifty and some of the set designs were creative, especially in the castle with all of the traps and mechanisms.

Peter Haywood
Peter Haywood

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