Red Shadow


Director: Hiroyuki Nakano

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

The treatment of ninjas in this story is so juvenile one would suppose it was aimed at pre-teens at the oldest, yet the degree of bloodshed is higher than one would expect of a child's movie.

It was too campy to relate to such goofball adolescent ninjas, but not witty enough to be worth it for the laughs, which were few to none.

This director did much better with Samurai Fiction though that's no great shakes either.

The great ninja movies are from the 1960s, dark & gloomy black & white films which blend a cynical film noir realism with samurai mythos to convey the ninja class as gloomy tragic figures of the shadows, films like Mist Saizo Last of the Ninjas (1964). Live-action cartoons like Red Shadow aren't even on the map.

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