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NINJA SCROLL  (獣兵衛忍風帖)

 

Date&Time: Fri. August 10 @ 9:30pm
Runtime: 92min / 1993
Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Starring (voice): Koichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono
In Japanese with English subtitles

An anime classic back on the big screen.

Set in feudal Japan, the film follows Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary swordsman who battles the Eight Devils of Kimon, a team of ninjas with supernatural powers who are intent on overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate. When Jubei saves a young ninja woman from the unthinkable, he assumes that’s the end of it. To his surprise, it’s only just the beginning. Together, the two investigate the mysterious deaths of an entire village which uncovers a conspiracy of demonic proportions! Getting closer to the truth, the demonic forces will stop at nothing to silence Jubei and his companion for good! Ninja Scroll is widely praised for its animation and action scenes and is regarded as one of the most influential anime films ever made. Along with Akira and Ghost in the Shell, it was responsible for increasing the popularity of adult-oriented anime outside of Japan.

The film has been cited by The Wachowskis as an influence on The Matrix franchise.

Contains scenes of extreme violence and sexuality. Admission restricted to 18+

徳川幕府転覆を図る闇広方がさしむけた謎の忍者軍団・鬼門八人衆と、はぐれ忍び・牙神獣兵衛の戦いを描く時代劇アニメ。「妖獣都市」の川尻善昭が監督・原作・脚本・キャラクター原案を務め、山田風太郎ばりの怪奇・幻想の忍術合戦が展開する。作画監督は「ロードス島戦記」の箕輪豊が担当。

江戸時代。下田村に広まった謎の疫病の原因を解明すべく、望月藩お抱えの甲賀組忍びが潜入するが、怪しい術を使う忍び軍団・鬼門八人衆の手にかかりくノ一・陽炎を除き全滅してしまう。その陽炎を偶然救ったはぐれ忍びの牙神獣兵衛は逆に鬼門衆から狙われることになってしまい、鬼門衆の陰謀を暴かんとしてやって来た公儀隠密・濁庵の策もあって濁庵や陽炎と行動をともにすることに。
(映画.comより)

監督:川尻善昭     声の出演:山寺宏一、篠原恵美、青野武、郷里大輔