10 Best Japanese Ninja Movies

Friday, March 11 by sameerah blue

Get your sword and prepare to fight with the ten best Japanese ninja movies. Plot wise, the movies that made the list of the ten best Japanese ninja movies can leave a lot to be desired at times; every other movie is someone looking for revenge it seems. But, the threadbare plots are just enough to move us to what we have come to see, kick ass fight scenes. The ten best Japanese ninja movies show the best fighters and the best fight choreography that Japanese cinema has to offer to deliver movies that pack plenty of punch.

  1. “Ninja” (2009)- At first glance, a story about an American who travels to Japan to learn the art of ninjitsu didn’t look like it would be a good contender for the list of the ten best Japanese ninja movies, but after seeing Scott Adkins’ sweet ninja skills we were sold.
  2. “Shinobi: Heart Under Blade” (2005)- In a fantasy tale that is part “Romeo and Juliet” and part action thriller, this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies has a little something for everyone. Despite 400 hundred years of rivalry, a pair of rival clan members find love amongst the wreckage. But will their new found passion be able to withstand 400 years of hatred?
  3. “Hana” (2006)- This one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies starts out with a warrior looking to avenge the murder of his father, but things go a bit sideways when he has to choose between a warrior's revenge and his new life as a teacher.
  4. “Ichi” (2008)- Another installment of the long running blind swordsman saga, this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies follows Ichi; raised by the blind swordsman, she wanders the Japanese countryside looking for her father and battling baddies.
  5. “Lone Wolf and Cub” (1972)- A classic that is a must see for martial arts fans, this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies follows a widowed Ronin and his son as he sells his sword to villagers in search of vengeance or protection.
  6. “Red Shadow” (2001)- It’s all about vengeance in this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies. When Asuka is killed during a mission, it is up to the two men who loved her to avenge the death of the beautiful fallen ninja.
  7. “When the Last Sword is Drawn” (2003)- While there is still plenty of ass kicking, this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies focuses on the difficulties of supporting a family by way of the sword in the final days of feudal Japan.
  8. “Leopard Fist Ninja”(1982)- While wayward ninjas looking to avenge the death of fallen loved ones can get a bit tiresome after awhile, being among the first of the ten best Japanese ninja movies to use the theme makes this one worth watching.
  9. “Blood of the Dragon” (1971)- The key to holding onto your power in feudal Japan in knowing how to crush your enemies, but how can you crush them if you don’t know who they are? In this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies, a crafty shogun hires a ninja to find a list of people who want to take him down and destroy them.
  10. “Ninja Assassin” (2009)- Using a combination of Rain’s martial arts brilliance and killer special effects, this one of the ten best Japanese ninja movies sets a new high for the martial arts films of the 21st century.