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Shinobi (2005)

Tous publics | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 16 May 2007 (France)
Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama ...
Joe Odagiri ...
Tomoka Kurotani ...
Takeshi Masu ...
Muroga Hyouma
Chikuma Koshirou (as Mitsuki Koga)
Shun Itô ...
Mino Nenki
Hôka Kinoshita ...
Kisaragi Saemon
Kenji Miyoshi ...
Kisarigi Saemon
Lily ...
Minoru Terada ...
Kouga Danjou
Masaki Nishina ...
Yagyu Jyubei Mitsuyoshi
Osami Nabe ...
Man pulling a wagon
Toshiya Nagasawa ...
Yagyu Munenori


After more than four hundred years of war between the Shinobi warriors of the Manjidani Koga and Tsubagakure Iga clans, the Lord Hattori Hanzou decrees that they must live in peace. Both clans live hidden in the woods and mountain without confrontation and without training ninjas in the shadow art of Shinobi. In 1614, the Lord of the Lords is convinced that the clans are dangerous threats for keeping peace in his lands, and his advisor plots a Machiavellian plan to destroy their best warriors in a contest. Meanwhile, the young Iga Oboro and Koga Gennesuke fall in love for each other. When Oboro's grandmother and leader of Iga clan Ogen and Gennesuke's father and leader of the Koga clan Danjo kill each other, Oboro and Gannesuke must lead their warriors in the ultimate battle of the Shinobi clans. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Fated to love : Destined To Kill.


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The film characters with superhuman powers are considered to be Japanese X-Men due to being outcasts and being born with their own abilities, it is worth noting however that one of the film's inspirations was the novel The Kouga Ninja Scrolls published in 1959 while the first issue of X-Men was released in 1963. See more »


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Lyrics by Ayumi Hamasaki
Composed by Kazuhito Kikuchi
Arranged by Yûta Nakano & KZB
Performed by Ayumi Hamasaki
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10 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Since young, I'm thrilled by Kung Fu action flicks and looks like I will be continuously entertained by the big screen when studios keep producing films like this. The Japanese is a culture that is very deep rooted. As such, to escape, their minds have to venture way way beyond the logic and realism. Look through the genres of Japanese anime and fantasies - they are so extreme! I would not say that this movie belongs to the very extreme, but it is at the right level for grown up audience. It has all the right ingredients - beautiful settings and sceneries, romance (the Chinese style) and most of all out-of-the-world Kung Fu powers and actions.

The story has a slow start. But as it progresses, the extraordinary skill of each fighter is revealed. You can't help but get glued to the screen for the next ninja to fight. The ending was sad but satisfying.

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