Just how does director Takashi Miike manage to make so many films of such variety (and generally high standard) so quickly? While I've been eagerly anticipating 13 ASSASSINS at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival, busy reading Cannes reviews of HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI, and unexpectedly learning that Miike is making a movie based on a Nintendo DS game, his latest film NINTAMA RANTARO - NINJA KIDS is already lined up for release in Japan in July!
NINTAMA RANTARO - NINJA KIDS is based on a long-running manga and anime series about the adventures of some young ninja apprentices at a ninja academy. The cast includes some familiar names, such as Shido Nakamura (RED CLIFF, LETTER FROM IWO JIMA), Rei Dan (LOVE AND HONOR, PANDEMIC) and Naoto Takenaka (SHINJUKU INCIDENT, ROBOGEISHA). Yes, it's a big budget kids' film (and 'no!' I hear some of you scream), but it sure looks like a load of fun.
Embedded below are 2 trailers. The first one is an earlier version with English subtitles. The second is the latest (and better) one that shows extra footage but doesn't have subtitles. Both have been included for your (or your kids') enjoyment.
Trailer via Filmsmash