Shinobi: Heart Under Blade is a fantasy set at the dawn of the Japanese shoguns of the 1600s.
Although peace reign over his empire, the Shogun still fears the strength of the old ninja clans Koga and Iga.
So decides to get them out of the way, forcing them to a deathly fight.
Trained since childhood to conflict with the hated rival clan, many can’t wait to start the battle.
But the two clan leaders don’t share the same desire, secretly in love with each other.
Especially the man, full of doubts about this war, make a journey to ask for explanations directly from the Shogun.
When the rival clan discovers, they plan to trap him and his soldiers into an epic last battle.
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade is a spectacular action-romance set in a fantasy and history-based world.
The two protagonists are hopeless in love like they were the newest Romeo and Juliet, followed by a host of warriors with super-powers.
Their warriors are each with their well-defined personalities and with specific motivations. Motivations that are more or less noble, like the historical period in which they live.
Indeed, it is a time where the empire obtains peace and prosperity with blood and violence against the weakest.
According to the law, the most impoverished villages’ outcasts live only to serve the empire’s central shogunate.
Without any right or hope for a better future, many of them will rise against the Shogun.
This movie has excellent direction by Ten Shimoyama and beautiful music by Taro Iwashiro and Ayumi Hamasaki.
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade succeeds very well in Japanese cinemas. Unfortunately, however, it has remained almost unknown internationally, remaining a rare pearl in the ocean of foreign movies.
It was a sad waste of talent for one of the best fantasies of recent years, full of spectacular fights and intense moments of love and drama between the two protagonists.