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The Buzz:

      Have you ever been sitting through a performance of Romeo and Juliet, and found yourself daydreaming about how much better it would be if everyone were ninjas? Or that they had super-powers? And there were more than two fight scenes? Well aren't you in luck! Shinobi: Heart Under Blade has got all that more, when the heir's-to-be of two rival ninja clans secretly fall in love. But the Lord decides that these two clans are a threat to the Age of Peace, and orders five warriors from each clan to a death match. Now the two lovers are forced to go to war with one another, to decide the fate of the Shinobi.

 

Life of the Party:

      To me, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade is the perfect date-night movie (or at least, for the type of girls I typically date). It's a love story on par with most other romance movies (yes, I have seen some in my time, and you can't judge me), and has enough serious emotion to fulfill the date-night criteria (though of course like any love-story, you run the risk of some potentially unwelcome pillow-talk topics). And the action scenes aren't flashy, gory, explosion filled slug-fests. The action is more subdued, like many other Japanese films I've seen in the traditional style. The bigger-than life feel is achieved with wire-stunts a-la Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and some well-done special effects to show off the mythical powers each of the Shinobi posses (think ninjas, who are also X-Men). Even if it isn't date-night, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade is sure to please fans of Japanese cinema, and anyone looking for a decent ninja film that doesn't center around gore and explosions.

 

Potential Hangovers:

      If I had to make one minor complaint about this film, it's that it was probably the first foreign film I've seen where I would have preferred subtitles to the English dub. While not as bad as The Film Philosopher pointed out in Shark Attack in the Mediterranean, it was distracting when an actor's lips move for a full five seconds before an English voice that obviously doesn't belong to that person begins speaking. Additionally, despite the descriptions, this is a fairly slow movie. If you're looking for exciting thrill ride, there are better films in this genre.

 

The Vibe – Date Night – Solo Experience:

      Like I said before, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade is for me the perfect date-night movie. Sad, considering I watched it alone, though I was able to enjoy it as such anyway. This film might be a little too slow for a good movie-night party, and grossly inappropriate as a party movie. I also can't recommend getting hammered while viewing, as it relies on the dialogue to convey much of the story.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ It's Romeo & Juliet with super-powered ninjas!

+ Date-night movie that doesn't suck

- The English dub can be distracting to some

- Can get rather slow at times

 

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