Once Upon a Time in Japan

Reinventing the Past Through the Eyes of Japanese Contemporary Filmmakers

1 February to 27 March 2013


Newcastle upon Tyne

Ninja Kids!!!
(Nintama Rantaro)

Miike’s wacky adaptation of the children’s cartoon follows the madcap adventures of little Rantaro as he enters into the ‘Hogwarts’ for Ninjas!

Showing at: ICA, London; Showroom Workstation, Sheffield; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne; Watershed, Bristol.

Set in the early 16th century, the story follows little Rantaro (Seishiro Kato), a young aspiring ninja born into a family of farmers in disguise. Blessed with opportunity to leave his family’s farm and enrol into a Ninja Academy run by Denzo Yamada (Susumu Terajima), Rantaro plunges into a crazy school packed full of explosive and dangerous tasks and madcap teachers. However, when a rival clan arrives, the school’s future is thrown in jeopardy and it’s down to Rantaro and his loveable classmates to save the day.

This wacky live-action adaptation of the long-running children’s cartoon Nintama Rantaro is full of slapstick gags and comic schemes from the warped mind of the ever prolific director Takashi Miike, guaranteed to entertain kids and big kids alike!

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Director: Takashi Miike
Shido Nakamura, Naoto Takenaka, Susumu Terajima, Renji Ishibashi
2011/100min/English subtitles

Image © 2011 Live Action Nintama-rantarou the Movie committee

Showing at:

13 February 2002

13 March 2006

Showroom Cinema
13 February 2009

13–13 March 2016

Queen's Film Theatre
13–13 February 2024

Tyneside Cinema
13 March 2024