Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Adventure
A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Emi Shinohara and Wendee Lee voice the Japanese and English versions of each other's character for this film and Yoshiaki Kawajiri's other film, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000).
Thanks to your interference, Jubei, we lost 300 pieces of gold! I can't go back empty-handed!
Jubei: Well, perhaps you won't have to go back completely empty-handed...
When Tessai prepares to punch Jubei, he says "the way to hell is... right here". In the Japanese version, the "right here" part of the line is heard some time after Tessai's lips move. This does not occur in the English version, where his line is in sync with his lip movements.
In 1995, the BBFC cut the UK version by 52 seconds. This included the rape of Kagero by Tessai and all footage of throwing stars. The UK and Australian DVDs were affected by these cuts. In 2004 these cuts were waived by the BBFC and the film is now uncut.