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|Directed by||Yoshiaki Kawajiri|
|Produced by|| Kazuhiko Ikeguchi|
|Written by||Yoshiaki Kawajiri|
|Starring|| Kōichi Yamadera|
|Music by||Kaoru Wada|
|Editing by|| Yukiko Itō|
|Distributed by||Body Taing|
|Release date(s)||June 5, 1993 (Japan)|
|Running time||92 min|
|Followed by||Ninja Scroll: The Series|
Ninja Scroll (獣兵衛忍風帖, Jūbee Ninpūchō) is a Japanese action thriller anime, set in feudal Japan, by critically acclaimed director/writer Yoshiaki Kawajiri who was best known for his previous thriller Wicked City (Yōjū Toshi). The character designs were done by Yutaka Minowa. The movie is an homage to Ninpōchō series, ninja novels by Futaro Yamada. The main character, Jubei Kibagami, is an homage to the famed Japanese samurai folk hero Yagyū Jūbei.
The movie was released on 5 June 1993 and received a Western release on 6 Dec 1996. The movie was also released in some regions as Jubei Ninpucho: The Wind Ninja Chronicles. It is licensed by Manga Entertainment in North America. Ninja Scroll won the Citizen's Award at the 1993 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Ninja Scroll is among the most popular anime movies outside of Japan, along with such movies as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. It was well-received in its depiction of the ninja and Japanese legendary creatures such as the Stone Golem, and the Blind Assassin.
A team of Koga Ninja is sent to investigate a plague in Shimoda village, but on their way they are slaughtered; the only survivor is Kagero, a beautiful Kunoichi who is their lord's poison-taster. Their assailant is a giant man named Tessai, a killer with stone skin, and a colossal double-bladed sword, which can be thrown like a boomerang. Kagero attempts to escape, but the giant uses his weapon to cut off the branch she jumps onto, making her fall into his hands unconscious.
The giant takes Kagero to a hut and proceeds to rape her, but he is interrupted by an interloper who is not intimidated by his ability to turn his skin into stone. The interloper, a ninja vagabond named Jubei Kibagami, blinds one of his eyes with a dart and escapes with Kagero ...
Jubei Kigabami, the lead of the story is supposedly a homage to Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi, one of the most romanticized samurai in feudal japan era.