THE SCROLL'S SECRET (Ninjutsu Suikoden Inazuma Kotengu)
1958 – Color – 69 min. – REMASTERED ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (16:9)
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Starring: AZUMA Chiyonosuke
HASEGAWA Yumiko, OKOCHI Denjiro
COURTESY OF ICHIBAN
Directed by: SUZUKI Noribumi
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A magic and masks-filled golden age swashbuckler! At the dawn of the 1500s the shogun is stricken with nightmares of the Noh-masked evil wizard ‘Lightning Hermit.’ The Emori clan’s legendary ‘Crab Scroll’ can ward off any mystical assault, but getting it to the capital is the trick. Enter the young stalwart spellcasting swordsman Umenosuke, who will need every trick at his command to fend off the mercenary Raigoin, his bird-transforming kunoichi Oen, and the forces of an evil clan whose political machinations are the actual real-world threat at the heart of this magical mayhem. Remarkable for its stunning dream-realm magic sequences, an unforgettable masked mystical warrior, and cameos from a fire breathing snake and some masked minions familiar to other fantasy films of the era, Scroll’s Secret will entertain on multiple levels. Departing from the more typical one-on-one duels in the clouds most wizard-ninja movies relied upon, this film’s climax is aspecial effects-laden outright battle with otherworldly lighting, fog and fire slaying entire armies of evil samurai. A color extravaganza of magic and heroism that stands atop the mystical ninja sub-genre.