NINJA SCROLL
JÛBÊ NINPÛCHÔ
1993, Sentai Filmworks, 94 min, Japan, Dir: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

In feudal Japan, mercenary swordsman Jubei saves a young ninja woman from the unthinkable; together, the two investigate the mysterious deaths of an entire village, uncovering a conspiracy of demonic proportions. As they get closer to the truth, the supernatural forces will stop at nothing to silence Jubei and his companion for good. Packed with action and eye-popping visuals, NINJA SCROLL remains an anime landmark.


METROPOLIS (2001)
2001, Sony Repertory, 107 min, Japan, Dir: Rintaro

Based on a classic manga by the late, great Osamu Tezuka (with whom Rintaro worked on such 1960s classics as "Astro-Boy" and "Kimba"), METROPOLIS is not a remake of the legendary Fritz Lang silent - although it’s not without similarities. In an enormous, retro-future city where robots and androids do most of the work, there is nonetheless great unrest. The government is a tool of the evil billionaire Duke Red, and the seeds of rebellion grow underground. Stir into this crucible of turbulence a young man, his detective uncle, a youthful assassin and an angelic blonde who doesn’t realize just what she really is, and the result is as compelling as it is eye-popping, and as unusual as the Swing-era music on the soundtrack. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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