|NINJA'S MARK: SECRET OF THE FYLFOT|
"Shinobi no Manji"
Director: SUZUKI Noribumi
Cast: NATSUYAGI Isao, SAKURAMACHI Hiroko, YAMASHIRO Shingo, OKI Minoru
The year 1630, during the reign of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsuâ€¦ One of the three ninja clans serving as internal security within Edo Castle is sabotaging His Excellencyâ€™s every attempt to sire an heir,
and itâ€™s up to roguish, loose-cannon, former Yagyu-shinkage anti-shinobi freelancer Shiinoda Toma to get to the bottom of it all. Armed with a sword that vibrates whenever a ninja power is used,
Toma is knee-deep in Iga, Koga and Negoro ninja â€” both male and female â€” and assailed by outrÃ© shadow skills like body swapping, poison blood rays, and transforming courtesans into half fish-women.
And when he meets his match in the form of whip-wielding kunoichi femme-fatale Kageroi, a deadly romance blooms. â€˜Pinky violenceâ€™ legend Suzuki Noribumi delicately balances tonge-in-cheek eroticism and
sublime ninja mysticism with more grounded fight choreography and some grisly kills. Gorgeous set-bound cinematography and a haunting orchestral score surround a cast of quirky, engaging characters and
a plot based on a novel by prolific ninja scribe Yamada Futaro (Makai Tensho, Iga Ninpocho). Shinobi no Manji pushes the envelope of the ninja genre and belongs in everyoneâ€™s shinobi cinema collection.
1968 Color Letterbox (4:3) 89 Mins.
Japanese with Optional English Subtitles.