Shinobi no Mono
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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.
|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|
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.
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|