The last time Leonardo DiCaprio’s name was mentioned in connection with Japanese anime was when his Appian Way production company picked up the rights to adapt Akira.  Leo must like the anime, as he’s snatched up another classic – Ninja Scroll.

Ranking alongside “Akira” and “Ghost in the Shell” as one of the most popular animes outside of Japan, “Ninja” is set in feudal Japan and follows a ninja who must fight eight demonic warriors in order to save Japan. The hard-R movie, released in 1993 in Japan, featured a villain with stone skin, a hunchback with a wasp nest as his hump and a woman whose snake tattoos come to life.

If everyone involved can make an adaptation that is true to the original (a hard R rating), then I’ll probably go see this one, otherwise, it’s the comfort of the home theater and the DVD I’ll be sticking with.

via THR


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  1. I’d like to see it, but they will have to change it at least a bit. Stick to the script as the original has it and you get scenes like this (for those unfamiliar with it)

    “Hey, stay still and I might let you live. Don’t think I wouldn’t rape a dead woman”

    not to mention all the nudity and explicit sex..oh and blood. Oh my, the blood. Actually I really think this is a movie best left as anime. Jubei should have died at least twice from having his ribs driven through his spine.

  2. Don’t want to be a cynic, but as much as I’d like to see some of these vfx and fight sequences in live action, can they really do justice to the original???
    …let alone improve on it?

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