Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Fantasy

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Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.


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3 June 2007 | view_and_review
| Move over Kung-Fu and make way for the shinobis
Nothing but my undying affection for martial arts movies made me watch this. Well, that and plus the tag line read that "Shinobi" is a cross between X-Men and Romeo and Juliette. X-Men just happens to be another extreme favorite of mine.

Shinobi had a very warm feeling to it even though the movie is about special warriors. The movie consisted of very little dialogue but a lot of emotion. The CGI and special effects were used in just the right dosages. The CGI and special effects were necessary to properly display the particular talents and skills of the shinobi from the Iga clan and the Kouga clan. I was more interested in the battle scenes but the portentous drama scenes did not drag the movie down. Nothing was really overplayed from the plot. The love between Gennosuke (Jen-o-skay) and Oboro was not drawn out and overplayed, nor were the fight scenes. The director definitely went with a quality over quantity approach. The dramatic and romantic scenes between Gennosuke and Oboro as well as the fight scenes were few in number but very well done. The fight scenes were especially well done considering that this movie most likely did not have the bloated budget of your typical American action film.

I thought this movie really came through with its style and its message. "Shinobi" reminded me of the Jet Li movie, "Hero", where warriors put aside their personal grudges and beliefs for the common good. Of course, lives were lost from the Shinobi warriors, which can be viewed as sad. But, when you watch enough films about fighting and honor, you come to realize that the warriors are just weapons and dying in battle is the only acceptable end for them.

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17 September 2005



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