Shinobi no Mono

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A theatrical poster for the 1966 film Shinobi no Mono Shin Kirigakure Saizō

Shinobi no Mono (忍びの者?) is a series of jidaigeki novels written by Tomoyoshi Murayama originally serialized in the Sunday edition of the newspaper Akahata[1] from November 1960 to May 1962.

Novels[edit]

Set during Japan's Sengoku period, the novels depicted Goemon Ishikawa, a famous outlaw hero who was boiled alive at the end of the 16th century by order of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, as a ninja who fought against samurai warlords.

Vol. Japanese title Romanization Year Publisher
1 忍びの者1 序の巻 Shinobi no Mono 1 Jo no Maki 1962 Rironsha
2 忍びの者2 五右衛門釜煎り Shinobi no Mono 2 Goemon Kamairi 1965 Rironsha
3 忍びの者3 真田忍者群 Shinobi no Mono 3 Sanada Ninja-gun 1967 Rironsha
4 忍びの者4 忍びの陣 Shinobi no Mono 4 Shinobi no Jin 1969 Rironsha
5 忍びの者5 忍び砦のたたかい Shinobi no Mono 5 Shinobi-toride no Tatakai 1971 Rironsha

Films[edit]

Between 1962 and 1966, a series of eight Shinobi no Mono films (aka Ninja, a Band of Assassins, aka Ninja Spy) starring Raizo Ichikawa were produced and released by the Daiei Motion Picture Company. The first three films are based on the novel, while the five subsequent films are based on four original screenplays by Hajime Takaiwa (also the screenwriter on the first three films) and one original screenplay by Kinya Naoi.

No. Japanese title Romanization English DVD title Year Director
1 忍びの者 Shinobi no Mono Shinobi no Mono 1962 Satsuo Yamamoto
2 続・忍びの者 Zoku Shinobi no Mono Shinobi no Mono 2: Vengeance 1963 Satsuo Yamamoto
3 新・忍びの者 Shin Shinobi no Mono Shinobi no Mono 3: Resurrection 1963 Kazuo Mori
4 忍びの者 霧隠才蔵 Shinobi no Mono Kirigakure Saizō Shinobi no Mono 4: Siege 1964 Tokuzo Tanaka
5 忍びの者 続・霧隠才蔵 Shinobi no Mono Zoku Kirigakure Saizō 1964 Kazuo Ikehiro
6 忍びの者 伊賀屋敷 Shinobi no Mono Iga-Yashiki 1965 Kazuo Mori
7 忍びの者 新・霧隠才蔵 Shinobi no Mono Shin Kirigakure Saizō 1966 Kazuo Mori
8 新書・忍びの者 Shinsho Shinobi no Mono 1966 Kazuo Ikehiro

A follow-up film from Daiei entitled 忍びの衆 Shinobi no Shu (aka Mission Iron Castle, aka Ninja Spies, aka Ninja 9), is sometimes incorrectly presented as a part of the Shinobi no Mono series.[2]

Television series[edit]

The novels were also adapted into a 52-episode television series starring Ryuji Shinagawa and co-produced by the Toei Company and television network NET (now known as TV Asahi) and broadcast from July 24, 1964 to July 30, 1965.

Japanese title Romanization English title Series run # of episodes
忍びの者 Shinobi no Mono Ninja Spy 1964–1965 52

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