Kasumi is sent to convince Kakei to come and work for them, and keep the guns out of the hands of the Iga. The back story of Sakichi is also revealed as they show how he is brought back into the fold after the death of his lover, Sakura. Under the given circumstances the idea of female ninjas getting down and dirty for the good of their country seems like a pretty sound idea, so then why is it so boring? Although the film itself is also based on a popular enough manga, namely Sanada Kunoichi Ninpo-den: Kasumi by manga-ka Jin Hirano and author Yoji Kanbayashi, Lady Ninja Kasumi does indeed bare an uncanny resemblance to Azumi and indeed Azumi 2 in terms of plot mechanics, the only difference of course being that it retains all the nudity, unlike its forbearer which skimped on such delights despite the original comic showing Azumi in the buff loads. I suppose at least this pastiche offers some kind of unintentional comic value, which comes down to one or two totally inept shots, poor special effects and over the top acting especially the death scenes. Again, a good historical backdrop to these stories taking place within the warring states period.
The image is reasonably good, despite being interlaced and exhibiting minor artefacts and cross colouring. Extras The Production Diary is a 29 minute look at the making of the film which took place in the summer of 2005. A few adult scenes and unspectacular action leads me to understand why the series stalled out. The story focuses more on a horror angle and the first real friendship we've seen for Kasumi. Shinsuke Kakei, the gunsmith, is essentially a pacifist, but believes his weapons can bring peace to the land if put in the hands of the right group.
I imagined great samurai fight scenes, an attractive main star with some Japanese style nudity and adult scenes. Do I really need to make this review any longer than it already is? The scrolls: Heaven, Earth, Man, Fire, and Wind were written by Masayuki Sanada, the father of the clan's current head, Yukimura Sanada. In Lady Ninja Kasumi the battle of Sekigahara is underway. The story is a bit more interesting as well, but subtitles would definitely had enhanced some of the finer points. Soon, the Kuroda clan are hot on her tail. Love, loss, betrayal and all that gubbins take place. Using her body, Kasumi's mission to snatch it from them.
It goes through the usual introductions and shows various location shoots and choreographing, along with quick chats between cast and crew members during set-ups. As the threat of assassination draws closer the shocking truth is exposed and Kasumi is forced to face off against an unlikely betrayer. The fights are unspectacular and overall the movie is pretty weak. This entry into the series has just a couple adult scenes, and neither are very explicit. The optional English subtitles are very good, with no grammatical or timing errors. On the way, she is helped by Musashi Miyamoto as she battles against a family from China bent on revenge against their Japanese invaders.
There were plenty of other Lady Ninja characters to come though, so no real loss. Kasumi tries to befriend a man who had been raised by dogs and now is used as a weapon by one of the Iga members. Once there, Kasumi starts to notice strange occurrences and people that aren't acting normal. It's the worst kind of humiliation for a warrior like Takuma. Plot The story of the Lady Ninja Kasumifilms, as well as the original manga, takes place during the Sengoku period - a chaotic time in Japan's history between the 15th and 17th centuries during which constant military conflict between states and political intrigue were the norm. The Tokugawa and western army leader Ishida Mitsuri are squabbling, while Sanada is left worrying about the neighbouring clan of Sengoku, located in Komoro. In this debut outing our heroine is played by Yonmi.
Prominent characters are killed and the plot is stronger than previous installments. Legend has it that whoever can decode the scroll will rule the country. Lady Ninja Kasumi: Volume 3 - Secret Skills The Kuroda clan is said to be in possession of a secret scroll. If you're watching it for the fights though, you're clearly missing the point. It was horrible, to the point I could not finish watching it. In Azumi the battle has ended and the Tokugawa Shogunate enlists a master samurai to train a band of assassins with the intent to wipe out the clan of Toyotomi Hideyoshi - who would later go on to unify Japan. But Kasumi realises that she cannot stay with Shingo, and so she leaves, soon getting back on the trail and uncovering some mysteries surrounding some local folk.
Clarity is fine, as is the overall colour palette, with little else for me to add. She joins the Kunoichi, a powerful group of female ninjas, in order to protect her brother as well as her newly-adopted clan. Do not waste time or money on this film! Of course Hattori, along with his sister Sayuri, have other plans for Kakei and his wife. And snatch it she does. The Selected Sexy Scenes is entirely pointless, or not, depending on your view. In a subplot, Kasumi is captured by a band of rogue fighters and is tortured, but eventually convinces her captives, who include a transsexual woman, to release her.
She's eventually saved by Miyamoto, a sympathetic and exceptional swordsman. Although he is being framed, he agrees to remain captive while the investigation is ongoing. In her attempt to exact revenge for the murder she finds herself injured and being taken care of by a young man named Shingo. During the search, she and Sakichi reminisce about a pair of assassins that they defeated a few years before. Former Tokogawa Ieyasu follower Sanada Yukimura has set up fortress at Ueda Castle, Osaka, where he now trains promising young warriors who have high hopes of becoming Shinobi. And when Hattori Hanzo puts a hit out on Kasumi, she's going to need those sword skills and all the help she can get to take on the formidable Oni clan assassins! Avoid this one entirely, the other reviewers must be 14 year-olds looking for their first titillation. For the first time in the series, the actress playing Kasumi returns to the role, as Nana Nanaumi takes a second turn.