Red Shadow (film)

  (Redirected from Red Shadow (2001 film))

Red Shadow (RED SHADOW 赤影, Reddo Shadō Akakage) is a 2001 Japanese samurai film directed by Hiroyuki Nakano. The film stars Masanobu Andō in the title role and features a guest star appearance of Tomoyasu Hotei returning from the 1998 spin-off and virtual prequel Samurai Fiction. The film is loosely based on the 1960s manga Akakage.[1][2]

Red Shadow
2001 Film Poster
Directed byHiroyuki Nakano
Screenplay byHiroshi Saito
Masatoshi Kimura
Based onKamen no Ninja Akakage
by Mitsuteru Yokoyama
StarringMasanobu Andō
Megumi Okina
Kumiko Asō
Jun Murakami
Naoto Takenaka
Music byToshiyuki Kishi
CinematographyHideo Yamamoto
Backgrounds byAkira Naitō
Color processColor
Distributed byToei Company
Release date
  • 11 August 2001 (2001-08-11)
Running time
108 min.
Box office700 million Yen


in 1545, the world was in the Warring States period. The servants surpassed the lord and defeated them frequently, and the Sengoku daimyo repeated fierce battles and were devoted to trade-in.

Among the ninjas who served them was a group of ninjas called the "Kage Clan". They serve the Sengoku daimyo Hidenobu Togo, and while faithfully performing all missions to unify the world, they make weapons and armor with metal that is stronger than any substance called "invincible steel" and meet mysterious ninjutsu. I was getting it. However, after a long time, the "invincible steel" dissipates and the number of people who can use the technique gradually decreases, and the legitimate successors of the Kage clan are the three people, Akakage, Aokage, and Asuka, who remain under the white shadow who is the leader. It was only leaving the young man. And I felt a big gap with the lesson passed down from generation to generation to the clan, "Working as a shadow for a peaceful world with light" to Togo, and the minds of Akakage and others began to get lost.



Mark Schilling of The Japan Times stated that "There is not a dull moment in the film." but also that there was "unfortunately, not much in the way of real thrills or laughs, which "The Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo"." and that "One day, maybe, Nakano will get around to filming a movie."[1]


  1. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (August 1, 2001). "A samurai flick for the MTV generation". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on August 16, 2001. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  2. ^ "RED SHADOW 赤影", Wikipedia (in Japanese), 2020-06-10, retrieved 2020-11-21

External linksEdit