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.
Director James McTeigue cited this film as one the influences behind his film Ninja Assassin (2009).
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 Doujin (the leader of the bandits on the bridge) raises his wooden hand to shoot Jubei, the details on the hand that indicate that it is man-made (ie. exposed joints) are missing from the first two shots in which it appears.
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.