Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, inadvertently interrupting an assassination by a feared Ninja-cult. As he is now the only man to have seen the face of the cult's warrior-leader and lived, he soon realizes that he is facing a markedly foreshortened life-expectancy. Teaming up with a friendly samurai couple, on a two-centuries-old blood-feud with the Ninja, he struggles to survive. Finally, recuperating on an island-fortress, he learns swordsmanship, and perhaps, a little about courage, honor, love, and loyalty. The requisite final confrontation is rife with bloody swordplay and spectacular martial-arts action sequences.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
He's trapped in a world where killing is an art and revenge is an obsession
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24 February 1995 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $2,723,495,
26 February 1995
Gross USA: $6,609,661
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $6,609,661
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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To cut down on costs, a majority of the film was shot in Vancouver BC. See more
While Takeda is speaking with Oshima about making a new sword, a Stellar's Jay can be heard in the background. Stellar's Jays are a bird found in North America, and are not found in Japan. See more
We were just killing time.
Time does not die; only people.
Pre-credits title: "One who is a samurai must before all things keep constantly in mind, by day & by night ... the fact that he has to die."
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The 1996 UK video version was cut by 12 secs to remove all footage of Japanese throwing stars. The cuts were waived in 2001. See more
Written and Performed by George Lawton See more