Ninja Scroll
Ninja Scroll (1995)

Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature takes place in more of a sword-and-sorcery epic set in feudal Japan. Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1995
DVD Release Date: May 19, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Walters
Time Out

What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in often dazzling animation ...

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Henry Barnes

A wandering ronin takes on a posse of supernatural ninjas in a whipcracking race that never lets reality get in the way of a hearty bout of blood-lettting.

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Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film

One of the most influential animes ever made ...

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Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny

What dazzles most is the contrast between the beautifully rendered, pastoral backdrops of crags, waterfalls, forests, and temples, and the gruesome, stylized violence that takes place against them.

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Its baroque sadism and sexism hasn't aged well, but it still packs a visceral kick.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Characters zip through the trees and move quick as a flash; there's a real sense of speed and weight to these scenes.

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Alex Fitch
Electric Sheep

For those seeking the best ninja/samurai action on screen, there are dozens of live action movies either directed by Akira Kurosawa or based on manga by Kazuo Koike that are much better films than Ninja Scroll.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

There is so much going on here, that the film's total lack of subtext - or, more generously, its pure escapism - only sinks in afterwards. It may be a tale of sound and fury, signifying nothing - but all that demon-whupping sure is fun.

James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

Teenage boys beware: this is NOT a date movie . . .

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Tsubaki Sanjuro
If there is a word that resumes quite well this film is action, NS is all about the action. The plot is "101 Action/epic fiction" and curious enough… More
Drew Smith
Violent, sexist and stupid, Ninja Scroll is the sort of movie that gave anime its sordid reputation. The decent action scenes and retrospectively impressive… More
Greg S
A ninja-for-hire joins forces with a cursed female ninja and a gnome-like spy to fight against the Eight Devils of the Dark Shogun. Above-average anime… More
Phil Hubbs
This was awesome manga, I thought Afro Samurai was good well this is better is every way!! it looks amazing, so smooth and so well drawn despite being almost… More
EightThirty .
12/09/2010 (ONLINE) If you liked "Ninja Assassin" then you may wanna see this, especially in the "blood and gore" department. This is… More
Dean McKenna
Incredible wicked cast of characters, extraordinary fight scenes and stunning Japanese anime. I like the ninja hero battling political chicanery, the power of… More