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I am glad that I had an opportunity to watch a ninja movie in which there is no fantastic fighting feats impossible to real human beings ... for me it was refreshing that there was no assistance from wires or CGI in all of the fighting scenes - just plain movement of real fighters with real weapons. [img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51m3sAWzLoL._SL160_.jpg[/img] Some critics were saying that "Shinobido" reminds them on "Pirates of the Caribbean" but to me that wasn't obvious. Yes, like the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series before it, "Shinobido" is based on a theme-park attraction - in this case, the Grand Ninja Theater at Edo Wonderland but that was the only thing I could find in common. Director Toshiyuki Morioka did a wonderful job, bringing us in 92 minutes lots of action within human limits but there was no lack of serious emotions as well. His two principals are fallibly human, and they are never presented as generic exemplars. When we see Oko (Aimi Satsukawa), a young female ninja ordered by her village chief (Hatsunori Hasegawa) to gather intelligence about the Kurobaneshu, a secret band of samurai dedicated to wiping out the ninja (or, as they are called in the film, shinobi), to fall in love with Togoro (Ryoichi Yuki) - one of the Kurobaneshu - everything is believable. But when love is just beginning to bloom - Oko is called home. Her elders have heard about her friendship with Togoro, and they fear she is becoming too close to a man she might have to kill. Very outstanding acting of Satsukawa and Yuki for a ninja movie which is made cheaply. If you are not into dramas and you are just a fan of ninja movies, you will love the action finale - where both Satsukawa and Yuki give 100 percent and more, while doing all their own sword work minus obvious stunt or digital support. And they bring the film to a conclusion inevitable but starkly right. Recommended as something different!
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