|SHINTARO THE SAMURAI Vol. 4 - FUMA NINJAS|
Cast: KOICHI OSE, Shunsuke Omori, Bin Amatsu, (English Voices) Cliff Harrington, William Ross
This classic Japanese samurai TV series (1962-1965) portrays the adventures of a roving samurai, Akikusa Shintaro (whose real name is Matsudaira Nobuchiyo), played by Ose Koichi.
Set in the 17th century Japan and is a combination of pantomime, violent action, brilliant sword play and magicianship. Shintaro is the older half-brother of Ienari, the 11th Tokugawa shogun. Because he is the son of a concubine, he has no claim to power, so he assumes the guise of a wandering spy-swordsman (along with the name Shintaro) to seek out and eliminate plots by rival warlords, in this way protecting his younger brother, who is still a minor.
Acting on secret orders from roju (chief councillor) Matsudaira Sadanobu, Shintaro gathers information in the various fiefdoms and battles rival warriors and spies, aided by his Iga Ninja friend Tombei the Mist (Japanese: Kiri no Tonbei), as played by Fuyukichi Maki. Shintaro is also helped by Shusaku (played by Omori Shunsuke), whose father has been kidnapped by Koga ninja, and whom Shusaku and Shintaro are also trying to find.
Filmed in black-and-white, the series was based in part on historical events but borrowed heavily from the Japanese historical romance genre. The producers compensated for its low budget by using real historical locations around Japan, including the imposing feudal castles from the era. Despite its massive popularity in Japan, Australia, and the Philippines, the series was not widely screened elsewhere and its fame remains largely restricted to those countries.
English Dubbed, No Subtitles.
1964 Black & White Fullscreen 4 Discs set
Episode 1. Mark Of The Fuma
Episode 2. A Search For Marishoten
Episode 3. Clue To Wind Thunder
Episode 4. The Dragon Ship
Episode 5. Jinnai's Secret
Episode 6. The Fuma Spider Attack
Episode 7. Musai's Curse
Episode 8. A Brave Death
Episode 9. Trapped By Spider Dojin
Episode 10. Fate Of A Ninja
Episode 11. Danger Is The Same Face
Episode 12. Fuma's Treachery
Episode 13. The Secret Cave