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Ninja Scroll

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri Run Time: 94 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1993 Language: Japanese with English Subtitles

Starring: Daisuke Gori, Emi Shinohara, Koichi Yamadera, Takeshi Aono

Swords flash and heads roll as ninja warriors clash with the demons of NINJA SCROLL.

A dark fantasy set in feudal Japan, Ninja Scroll spins a wild yarn about a wandering samurai, Jubei Kibagami, who’s hired to thwart a lesser lord’s plot to smuggle a boatload of gold from under the Shogun’s nose. Protecting the shipment are The Eight Devils of Kimon, a nasty gang of super-powered toughs with the likes of a blood-drinking golem, a blind swordsman, and an insect-controlling dwarf in their ranks, all led by a psychotic immortal from Jubei’s past.

An imaginative and lurid sex-and-violence action flick, Ninja Scroll has had more success in the U.S. market than it ever had in Japan. The movie helped usher in a wave of interest in Japanese animation in the 1990s when it became a video store staple alongside titles like Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

Part of Nitehawk’s September ANIME AFTER DARK midnite series.