Beware the Locals: Ninja Scroll (1993)

Hoezo in Kino

As a companion piece to our Beware the Locals classic program we screen this anime behemoth about a wandering masterless warrior that gets caught up in multiple battles with demonic adversaries that conspire in a ploy to topple the government of Bushido-era Japan. Ninja Scroll was one of our go-to manga films growing up and the film has lost none of its impact as one of the best action-packed features from the golden age of Japanese anime. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

Regie: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Cast: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono


Actie, Animatie, Avontuur

Land: Japan

Speelduur: 94 minuten

Taal: Japans

Ondertiteling: English


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. Kagero turns out to be the only survivor of a team of ninjas that was send out to investigate a plague that wiped out the entire town of Shimoda, but got killed by mysterious forces. Jubei rescues her from Tessai, one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, a team of ninjas with supernatural powers, who turn out to be involved in a plot to overthrow the current government. When Jubei is blackmailed by a government spy to help them kill the Eight Devils, his vagabond lifestyle takes a great turn as he gets caught up in a dangerous battle.