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Ninja Scroll review

Belated re-release of Yoshiaki Kawajiri's influential anime

Ranking alongside Akira and Ghost In The Shell as one of the most influential animes ever made, Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s 1993 actioner gets a belated re-release in all its stylish, violent, uncut glory.

In feudal Japan, a wandering rōnin rescues an assassin who reluctantly agrees to help him take down a band of supernatural samurai - led by the man he supposedly beheaded years before.

Meticulously animated and gratuitously bizarre, it’s probably the only place you can see a rapist rock monster going down on a topless ninja, or a naked snake-witch fighting a hunchback made of bees.

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