Reviewed byjamesbondVote: 8/10/10
This is truly one of the coolest Ninja movies of all times. The stunts aretop-notch and the action is non-stop. As usual in these films it getsprettycampy indeed, but on a whole it´s out standing. Watch out for hilariousstunts when our hero blocks arrows, Ninjas climb trees as vigorously asSpiderman and digging through the ground as moles. This is the film thatmade me want to become a Ninja as a kid and it leaves Sho Kosugi waybehind.A must-see for any lover of martial arts and action!
Reviewed byaggie80Vote: 7/10/10
Hiroyuki Sanada is once again playing a part with his mentor Sonny Chiba,this time as opposing forces. Basic plot thread is easy to follow andhangstogether fairly well. Very typical lot of self sacrificing colleagues toinsure that the hero wins in the end, but at what cost!
There are a number of rather impressive fight scenes, and while they werePretty typical, there was a bit more variety in the weapons that I liked.The pretty chinese girl with her red lacquer nunchuck and the hero withhisshort sword(s). A few great scenes. The original destruction of thehero'scastle while he was a child sticks with me. I liked the battle in theruler's castle, with the ladies in waiting using their naginta to defendtheir lord. A number of mysterious strangers that show up at the righttimeto help.
The use of muskets in many of the battles adds both a thread of historicalaccuracy, and the challenges of working them into a martial arts basedflick. I found the ninja in the correct color of blue rather refreshingover the typical mis-used black. But the camoflage ninja where ratherstrange, since the pattern looked identical to the recent militarydesigns.
The one thing absent from this compared to many of the genre is the use ofmagic.
Reviewed byBlake Matthews (email@example.com)Vote: 6/10/10
After watching Shogun's Ninja, I must conclude that this is the strangestmovie I've ever seen, and I say this after watching numerous Ching Siu Tungmovies. This movie is just straight-up weird.
The plot takes place during the reign of Emperor Hideyoshi and there arehistorical references throughout (Ieyasu, the attempt to invade Korea, etc.)The conflict exists between the last survivors of the Momochi clan led byHenry Sanada (that Japanese guy from Royal Warriors with Michelle Yeoh) andShogun (Sonny Chiba from the infamous Streetfighter series) and his ninjaarmy. Sanada learns Chinese kung fu and comes back to avenge his clan, doessome fighting, learns Japanese ninjitsu, and does some more fighting. Themovie ends with a large battle between Chiba and his warriors (which aremany) and Sanada and his pals (which are few).
The fighting in this movie is pretty good sometimes, and unexciting othertimes. Sanada is fairly impressive, he is one of the few characters thatactually does any hand-to-combat (everyone else uses swords, guns, or otherweapons). His kicks are fairly fun to watch. Sometimes, the swordplay isdone bad in the sense that no excitement exists in watching them swingswords clumsily at each other. Unfortunately, Sonny Chiba doesn't doanything too interesting. Neither does Sue Shiomi (she appeared in SisterStreet Fighter I believe). There was a female Chinese fighter who could bustout a good boot and the nunchaku, though.
When I say this movie is strange, I don't mean the strange in the Ching SiuTung-style of bombard the viewer with bizarre, yet beautiful visual imagestyle of being strange. This movie is strange in the sense that its level ofcamp is off the charts. For one thing, with the exception of some fluteplaying, most of the music in the movie is of the contemporary jazz/1970'selevator music variety with the occasional Japanese pop tune thrown in. Thesounds effects are silly to the point where I wonder if this movie wasactually a spoof. There are underground ninja, spider-like ninja (you cansee the wires), and a nice little army of ninja at the end (although thethird group doesn't do anything). There is a fair amount of wire-work inthis, although none of it is really imaginative. Some of the stunts in thismovie is just straight-up screwy (watch Sanada block the archers). Well,whether or not one enjoys this depends on his/her tolerance to high-camp.
In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the treasured gold. Spanning decades, the quest for the missing daggers takes Shiranui through war and ancient tradition.