R | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A New Yorker on business in Nagoya meets a lady in the hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him. He sees the ninja boss' face. Ninjas try to kill him again but new samurai friends help, hide and train him.
The swords used by the Makato are known as Ninjato or Shinobigatana. It is widely debated by practitioners of Ninjitsu and Japanese historians if the swords were even used during the history of the Ninja, as there is little to no documentation or relics from the era. The first known and documented appearance of these swords was in Japan in 1964 when the Iga-ryu Ninja Museum in Iga-Ueno, Japan was established, and where replicas of these swords were first displayed and remain to this day. That same year, the swords appeared in "Shinobi no Mono Kirigakure Saizo" and "Shinobi no Mono Zoku Kirigakure Saizo", the 4th and 5th entries in the famed Japanese period ninja movie series "Shinobi no Mono", released in theaters in Japan.
I'm not going because you won't let me go. I'm your prisoner, right?
Takeda: You are free to go, see how long you live without me to protect you!
Racine: That's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm taking the first flight back to New York, then I'm going to send Kinjo a...
In the Opening scene where Racine is walking with his business partners talking about "selling ice to Eskimos", Racine enters the taxi-cab with his trench coat on. When he arrives at the hotel, he gets out of the cab without the trench coat. He leaves the hotel on a stretcher, still without the coat, but it appears again when he puts it on as he tries to leave the hospital.
Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
The 1996 UK video version was cut by 12 secs to remove all footage of Japanese throwing stars. The cuts were waived in 2001.
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